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ERIC Number: EJ1165526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2053-535X
Stereotype Threat Effects on African American and Latina/o Elementary Students Tested Together
Wasserberg, Martin James
Journal for Multicultural Education, v11 n1 p51-60 2017
Purpose: This study aimed to investigate whether a diagnostic testing condition leads to stereotype threat effects for African American and Latina/o children (N = 81) when tested together at an urban elementary school in Miami, Florida. Design/methodology/approach: To analyze the effect of stereotype threat on participants' reading test performance, a 2 (race/ethnicity) × 2 (test condition) ANOVA was conducted. Findings: Results indicated that presenting a reading test as diagnostic of abilities hindered the performance of African American children but not of Latina/o children. Practical Implications: A relationship to Latina/o racial identity is explored as well as suggestions for developing interventions capable of attenuating stereotype threat effects for African American children. Originality/value: In past research, Latina/o children have been demonstrated to be negatively affected by stereotype threat when tested alone or in the presence of a White comparison group (McKown and Weinstein, 2003; Nader and Clark, 2011). However, the Latina/o participants in this study, tested with an African American comparison group, were unaffected by stereotype threat trending toward experiencing stereotype lift. The present findings posit questioning as to whether Latina/o racial identity moderates stereotype threat effects and how it plays out in elementary schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida (Miami)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children
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