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Stereotype Threat and Recommendations for Overcoming It

A Teaching Case Study


Author(s)

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 Areas

Social issues

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate, Continuing education, Faculty development

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Discussion, Interrupted

Language

English

Subject Headings

Psychology  |   Sociology  |   Teacher Education  |  


Date Posted

10/29/2008

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