The University Of Texas At El Paso

1831 Words Dec 9th, 2015 8 Pages
Team Paper: Academic Achievement Gap
Carlos Portillo, Edgar Arciva, Jose Morales, Makeda Buggs, Raul Ramirez
The University of Texas at El Paso

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The purpose of this study was to investigate how negative stereotypes affect the achievement gaps. The current study examined how boys see themselves pertaining to these negative stereotypes (e.g. boys think of themselves as academically underachievers in comparisons to girls) and how believing these stereotypes can become true because this is what they believe it is expected of them (e.g. children believing that adults support this negative stereotype). Furthermore, the current study emerged from previous research that show how boys are underachieving in comparison to girls. The sample population consisted of 238 British schoolchildren 117, which were boys, and 121 were girls. The study was a quasi-experimental between groups that measure academic gender stereotypes and meta-stereotypes as their dependent variable (DV) and type of approach as the independent variable (IV)(e.g. picture-story measure and meta-stereotypic questions). The study was conducted using two sets of 13 short scenarios presented on a card, on which half of those illustrated a child with good conduct and the other half a child with a bad conduct. None of the scenarios were gender specific but its purpose was to measure the reflection of what the children perceived and group academic gender stereotypes.…
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