Teaching about Stereotype Threat: A Comparison Study of Three Educational Techniques
Stereotype threat is defined as the situational fear caused by a stereotype about a particular group that causes individuals of the group to fear confirming the stereotype in the eyes of others (Steele & Aronson, 1995). This study compares the effectiveness of three techniques of educating college students about stereotype threat. The first condition is a lecture on stereotype threat delivered by Dr. Tom Ford of Western Michigan University. The second condition is a case study about an Asian American female experiencing stereotype threat (Grossman & Ford, 2005). The third condition is a simulation where students will actually experience stereotype threat. It is hypothesized that the simulation condition will be the most effective technique in educating college students about stereotype threat.