Reducing the Effect of Stereotype Threat on Achievement: Classroom Interventions (Event Flyer)
Dustin Thoman, Ph.D.
Psychology Department, California State University, Long Beach
Video Recording of Presentation
Handout of Presentation Slides (PDF)
Strategies for Classroom Interventions (PDF)
Educators becoming aware of research on stereotype threat are motivated to understand what can be done to ameliorate the influence of stereotypes on student achievement. Although there is no "magic bullet" for closing achievement gaps, psychology researchers have designed and implemented a number of successful stereotype threat interventions with promising results. These interventions work by targeting psychological variables that have been implicated in stereotype threat processes, demonstrating that subtle theory-driven interventions can produce big effects. This talk describes properties of successful interventions, provides details for four types of successful interventions, demonstrates how to use these interventions, and discusses pros and cons for implementing each type of interventions in college classrooms. Attendees will leave with concrete ideas for their own classes.
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- Walton, G.M., & Cohen, G.L., (2011). A brief social-belonging intervention improves academic and health outcomes of minority students. Science, 331, 1447-1451.
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This presentation is part of Lily Khadjavi's Faculty Associate project on Increasing Diversity: Addressing Stereotype Threat.
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