Lay Theories of Social Status and Academic Outcomes among Low Socioeconomic Status College Students

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

Persistent academic achievement gaps exist between students from high and low
socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds. As education represents the primary means to upward
mobility, I propose that low SES students’ academic motivation—and, as a result,
performance—should depend on the “lay theories” that they hold regarding the nature of social
class—that is, whether they believe that one’s socioeconomic standing is fixed or malleable. To
examine this possibility, this application proposes two studies in which students’ lay theories are
experimentally manipulated before their academic motivation and performance are assessed.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/1/1512/31/16

Funding

  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Letter 12/16/14)

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