Pamela J. Turbeville Colloquium Speaker Series – 'Socio-Cultural School Climate: Definitions, Measurement and Implications'
Please join the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families as Rajni Nair, Ph.D., will present her research titled "Socio-Cultural School Climate: Definitions, Measurement and Implications." Nair is a senior lecturer at Arizona State University's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
Abstract: Latinx students are a large and growing population in U.S. public schools who consistently evince educational and socioemotional inequality. To address these disparities, it is critical to examine and identify how systemic sociocultural mechanisms and processes that occur within schools contribute to these alarming statistics. Sociocultural school climate represents a school-level process that has the potential to amplify, protect, or reduce risk for youth. Yet a concise definition and conceptualization of the construct remains elusive. Theoretical cultural models suggest that whereas some aspects of schools could be salient to all youth, there are likely specific sociocultural characteristics and processes within schools that are experienced uniquely by marginalized youth. The inclusion of types of processes is limited within larger empirical literature on school climate. In this talk, I will discuss my ongoing research, which explores the narratives of Latinx youth and their parents around sociocultural school climate. I will also demonstrate how these narratives can help shed light on the definition and measurement of sociocultural school climate and the larger implications these narratives have for our understanding of the educational settings of marginalized youth.
About FMI: The Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families serves as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary research on children, youth, and families at the University of Arizona. Our research initiatives address questions important to the development and well-being of contemporary children, youth, and families, with the goal of improving basic understanding to enhance the lives of the people of Arizona and the world.