Stereotype Threat. Presentation by Michael A. Clarke. Disclaimer. This conversation is intensely personal! I can get emotional when I think of some of the experiences that I may recount here If I need to take a moment…..I will!. On Learning.
Michael A. Clarke
The more I learn, the more I learn how little I know. – Socrates
The more you know, the less you understand. -- Lao-Tse
The more you learn, the more you know. The more you know, the more you forget. The more you forget, the less you know. So why bother to learn? -- George Bernard Shaw
An elegantly dressed white couple is walking down Park Avenue and the wife is proudly sporting her new handbag that she got for a bargain, $15, 000. There is a limo with a driver waiting at the curb. All of a sudden there is a commotion and a heavyset black woman with disheveled hair rushes out of an upscale store and runs in their direction.
Why the term error?
Let us not confuse what we observe with what we might infer from that observation!
1. Have you ever been in an environment [school, church, store,...] where you felt out of place like you did not fit in and you could not identify with any group there? How would you describe the emotions that you experienced in that setting?
2. Did you have a position or were you in a situation where you felt that you needed to negotiate for acceptance? Where you felt you had to prove that you deserved to be there? If so describe how that made you feel?
It is manifest as a measurable impact on student performance most often characterized by under-performance
It is prevalent through out the educational system: in K-12 settings, college, medical school, law school, business school, art school, other professional schools
This is not a US phenomenon it is a global phenomenon
Who is at risk?
Blacks, Latinos, Women, Native Americans, Children in Poverty, Language Minority Students, White Men, Anyone whose identity can be linked to a negative stereotype related to performance
White: 96.10 %
Hispanic: 91.10 %
Black: 87.80 %
Why are there no targets for Asian students?
Michael A. Clarke