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Tuitt, Franklin – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 2008
Through a qualitative investigation, the author examined the experiences of 12 Black graduate students to understand better the impact of stereotype threat (Steele, 1997a , 1999) and performance anxieties (Osborne, 2001) on their education in a traditionally white institution (TWI). The results of this study illustrate how some students enter the…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Stereotypes, Educational Environment, Classroom Environment
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Berk, Ronald A. – Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 1996
A three-year study evaluated the effectiveness of 10 systematic strategies for using humor as a teaching tool. Student ratings at the end of three undergraduate and five graduate statistics courses assessed the extent to which each strategy reduced anxiety, improved the ability to learn, and made it possible to perform one's best on problems and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Anxiety, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment