Stereotype Threat: What It Is and How It Affects Our Teaching

  • Herring 129

Negative stereotypes impose an intellectual burden on many minorities as well as those who believe that others perceive their performance or abilities in negative ways.  The threat of possibly satisfying or confirming a stereotype - often referred to as stereotype threat in the literature - can interfere with a student’s performance on a variety of tasks. Stereotype threat is one of several factors that contribute to academic inequality, yet the research shows that it is also one of the factors that can be easily addressed. In this talk I will discuss what the current research on stereotype threat tells us about how stereotypes affect individuals, why it happens, and how we can address it our classrooms.

About the "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" Series:
Each semester, the CTE hosts at least one formal research presentation on a specific question addressed within the scholarship of teaching and learning. The "What's New in Research on Teaching and Learning" talks take place over lunch (provided by the CTE) and are open to all faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

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