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Teachers could be making students’ anxiety worse

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“The anxiety that comes with feeling like an outsider in the classroom can hinder students’ learning and, ironically, teachers could be making it worse, according to a new study by a Michigan State University researcher. Scholarship students, first-generation college students and minorities feel intense pressure to perform well — much of which is perpetuated by stereotypes that society, including teachers, reinforce, said Peter De Costa, assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, who specializes in identity and language learning. And unfortunately, those perceived identities could affect students’ access to resources.”(more)

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