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[Phys-L] Threats to At-Risk Students: Stereotype & The Belief in Fixed Intelligence

Some subscribers to Phys-L 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 and are on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <> with a provision for comments.