Saturday, May 31, 2014

Threats to At-Risk Students: Stereotype & The Belief in Fixed Intelligence

Some blog followers might be interested in a discussion list post “Threats to At-Risk Students: Stereotype & The Belief in Fixed Intelligence” [Hake (2014)]. The abstract reads:

On 30 May 2014, there were:

(1) three threads containing 33 posts on the POD archives at concerning Leonard Geddes’ Learnwell Projects piece “Why Good Students Do ‘Bad’ in College”; and

(2) one thread containing 15 posts on the PhysLrnR archives at concerning Paul Tough’s NYT piece “Who Gets to Graduate”

The above posts primarily concern two threats to at-risk students: (a) the “Stereotype Threat” – see Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do [Steele (2011)]; and (b) what might be called “The Belief in Fixed Intelligence Threat” – see Mindset: The New Psychology of Success [Dweck (2007)] at

These two threats have been recently discussed in a Physics Today article “Psychological insights for improved physics teaching” [Aguilar, Walton, & Wieman (2014)] at

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University; Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands; President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII); LINKS TO: Academia; Articles; Blog; Facebook; GooglePlus; Google Scholar; Linked In; Research Gate; Socratic Dialogue Inducing (SDI) Labs; Twitter

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 31 May 2014.]
Hake, R.R. 2014. “Threats to At-Risk Students: Stereotype & The Belief in Fixed Intelligence.” Post of 30 May 2014 20:13:16-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. Online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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