Combating Stereotype Threats

In the article “Reducing Stereotype Threats” on the teaching center website, stereotype threats are defined as, “a phenomenon in which a person’s concern about confirming a negative stereotype can lead that person to under perform on a challenging assessment or test.” What this means is a bias that has been imprinted onto a group of individuals will be confirmed due to over thinking about that given stereotype.

Steele investigated this concept of stereotype threat in studies showing that groups can feel so much pressure when they are performing on an assessment. They tend to perform negatively due to the pressure they feel on how the results with judge them.

The impact that stereotype threats have in the classroom is simple, it allows a group of students to perform poorly due to a bias that they don’t have control over. This idea of stereotype threats is truly a way for a student to psych themselves out on a major assessment they know they need to do well on. As educators, we need to combat this idea of stereotype threats because we want all students to feel a sense of belonging all while performing and achieving the best way that they can.  

In order to combat these stereotype threats there are strategies that can be integrated into everyday classroom life. The highlight of all these strategies is inclusion of diversity. It is important that all students feel valued for who they are no matter what their background. This will show them that as an individual they can succeed to the best of their ability.

Link for Inforgraphic:


“Empirically Validated Strategies to Reduce Stereotype Threat”.

“Reducing Stereotype Threat.”

Steele, Claude. (2010). Whistling Vivaldi: and other clues to how stereotypes affect us. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


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