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ERIC Number: ED516437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7069-8
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Does Manipulating Stereotype Threat Condition Change Performance Goal State
Simmons, Cecil Max
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Oklahoma
This study tested whether the Stereotype Threat effect is mediated by achievement goals, in particular performance-avoidance goals. Threat level was altered before a difficult math test to observe how the endorsement by females of various achievement goal dimensions was affected. 222 people (96 females) in a pre-calculus class at a Mid-Western university participated. It was anticipated that females in the higher threat condition would show significantly more performance avoidance (PAV) endorsement than females in the lower threat condition; and that PAV endorsement would mediate the threat state--math test performance interaction. Analysis confirmed the presence of the stereotype threat effect with females in the high threat group under-performing on a math test compared to males. Women in the low threat group showed no such difference. MANOVA revealed that females in the high threat condition endorsed mastery goals at a significantly higher level than females in the low threat state. Endorsement of mastery goals mediated the threat state--math performance relationship. There were no significant results for performance avoidance. Female participants in the high threat group exhibited a different pattern of response for performance approach (positive valence (PAP+)) measures than those in the low threat group when level of mathematical domain identification was taken into account. The high threat group showed a marked increase in PAP+ endorsement as domain identification increased. Those in the low threat group had essentially constant PAP+ endorsement over domain identification. Additionally, negatively valenced performance approach achievement goal endorsement was measured for the first time. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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