Lazy, Dumb, or Industrious: When Stereotypes Convey Attribution Information in the Classroom

  title={Lazy, Dumb, or Industrious: When Stereotypes Convey Attribution Information in the Classroom},
  author={Christine Reyna},
  journal={Educational Psychology Review},
  • Christine Reyna
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Sociology
  • Educational Psychology Review
Historically, ethnic minority children and girls have underachieved in American schools. This paper examines the role that stereotypes play in imposing obstacles to success for stigmatized children inside and outside of the classroom. Stereotypes convey explanatory information about groups—such as blacks are lazy, girls are bad at math, and so forth—that may be used as attributions for performance by adults as well as the children themselves. This paper presents a model that brings to light the… 

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