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Stereotype Threat and Recommendations for Overcoming It

A Teaching Case Study



Co Authors:

Robert W. Grossman


Selena Kim
Psychology Department
Kalamazoo College

Siu-Lu  Tan
Psychology Department
Kalamazoo College

Thomas E. Ford
Psychology Department
Western Carolina University
tford@email.wcu.edu

Abstract:

This case study uses an example of racism experienced by a Korean American student to explore the concept of stereotype threat and its impact on college classrooms and student performance. The case was designed for use with college faculty in teach training workshop as well as with psychology students. The case also might be useful for education students.

Objectives:
  • Think about the effect of stereotypes and how they may operate on college campuses to lower students' academic performance.
  • Increase understanding of ways in which faculty can counteract the effects of stereotypes.
  • Generate discussion about stereotypes that affect Asian-Americans, specifically, but also more generally other students who might experience the effects of negative stereotyping.
Keywords: Stereotypes; stereotyping; stereotype threat; spotlight anxiety; attributional ambiguity; racism; prejudice; cultural diversity; mentoring; higher education; Korean Americans; African Americans; Asian Americans
Topical Area: Social issues
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate, Continuing education, Faculty development
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion, Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Psychology   Sociology   Teacher Education  
Date Posted: 10/29/2008
Date Modified: N/A
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