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ERIC Number: EJ1029630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
An Initial Investigation into the Role of Stereotype Threat in the Test Performance of College Students with Learning Disabilities
May, Alison L.; Stone, C. Addison
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v27 n1 p89-106 Spr 2014
In a quasi-experimental evaluation of the possible role of stereotype threat in the academic performance of college students with learning disabilities (LD), students with (N = 29) and without (N = 62) identified LD took a simulated Verbal GRE® task in one of two conditions modeled after those used in past stereotype threat (ST) research. The task was presented as either a measure of verbal reasoning and reading abilities (ST condition) or as a measure of problem-solving style (Reduced-Threat condition; [RT]). The traditional ST-related performance differences in accuracy were not found in the sample of undergraduates with LD; however, marginally significant differences in the efficiency with which students with LD completed test items in the RT condition relative to the ST condition suggest the need for follow-up research, given the frequency with which the accommodation of extra time on exams is granted to and is used by undergraduates with LD. Potential limitations due to size and representativeness of the sample are addressed.
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Language: English
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