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How Stereotypes Affect Us

Renowned social psychologist and educator Claude Steele became even better known in 2010 with the publication of his book Whistling Vivaldi, which focuses on Steele's theory of "stereotype threat" as a possible explanation for the underperformance of minority students at the higher education level. Steele visited the Harvard Graduate School of Education recently for an Askwith Forum at which he discussed the continued relevance of this research and the themes put forth in Whistling Vivaldi.

In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Steele further explains his theory of stereotype threat and provides solutions for mitigating its negative effects.

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