Title page for ETD etd-08162012-192406

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kirkindoll, Elizabeth Stockwell
Author's Email Address lizziek7@cox.net
URN etd-08162012-192406
Title Interventions in the Middle School Mathematics Classroom: Raising Standardized Test Scores by Diminishing Stereotype Threat
Degree Master of Natural Sciences (M.N.S.)
Department Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Madden, James Committee Chair
Mathews, Robert Committee Member
Neubrander, Frank Committee Member
  • stereotype threat effects
  • recursive cycles
  • middle school math
  • gender performance gap
  • stereotype threat
  • values affirmation
Date of Defense 2012-07-13
Availability unrestricted
Stereotype threat is a situational concern in which persons have uneasiness or worries about confirming a negative presumption about their social group. This apprehension affects the performance of those suffering this threat in recursive cycles, causing continuing underperformance in the threatened domain. This document reviews the research on stereotype threat, its causes, characteristics and effects, and describes how stereotype threat affects learning and undermines academic performance. Attention is focused on the role that stereotype threat plays in the underachievement of females in mathematics. A report on an experiment that attempted to reduce math-related stereotype threat among middle school females is included.
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