Stereotype Threat

Infographic Link:

Steele examined how group stereotypes can affect how students see themselves which then alters their academic identity. Steele set out to close the achievement gap by understanding the importance of stereotype threats, which can be defined as the anxiety that students experience when confronted with a situation that they dear confirming negative stereotypes.  In order to reduce stereotype threats in the classroom is to provide students with the tools to have a growth mindset. I feel like that has been a buzz word around my school as it is very important to make students see that intelligence is not fixed and that they can get better and do anything with practice. They also need to see mistakes as opportunities to learn and learn strategies from educators to dealing with those struggles.  Another way to reduce threats in the classroom is to provide students feedback that is valuable to them. Feedback should reflect high standards, contain specific commentary and share with the student that you have confidence in their ability and they can meet the standard. Lastly, it is important to make students feel like they belong in the group and are not in the wrong place. Fostering a positive learning environment is critical to having a working learning environment. Students need to have security and know that they are supported in all aspects of their lives. It has been proven that lower test scores occur when students already have a negative message inflicted on them because of a particular group they belong to.  Making sure students feel safe in there space is very important to allow them the best possible space for growth and learning, going back to the importance of growth mindset.

Ashley Wannermeyer

“Reducing Stereotype Threat.”

Steele, Claude. M. (2010). Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect us and What we can do. W.W. Norton, New York.

One thought on “Stereotype Threat”

  1. Ashley,

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I believe every educator should have a deep understanding of stereotype threats and how it can impact a student’s academic success. One way stereotype threats can be reduced in an academic setting is through a promoted growth mindset. Students need to understand that they can always improve and succeed. If this mindset is promoted, students will strive for greatness and success. I also agree that emphasizing high standards with your students will reduce any type of threat made in the classroom. If students understand that these high standards are expected, they will work harder to achieve them. Overall, if an educator is able to use any of these strategies in their classroom, then they will be providing their students with a learning environment where stereotype threats are reduced.


    Jaidin Tonneson


Leave a Reply to jaidintonneson Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s