Rae Hittinger's Reviews > Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us

Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
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Jul 10, 2011

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This author has an essay in Young Black & Gifted. I find some of his assumptions problematic- however this book is much better than the essay because it includes other people's research as well. That being said- you can get the gist of everything in this book in the 30 page essay in Young Gifted & Black.

I find it somewhat annoying that the author doesn't seem entirely willing to acknowledge that there is a difference between science and social science. This guy also talks about how stereotypes impact our performance in stressful situations, and then uses the SAT as a baseline for ability... he eventually addresses this idea. The book discusses some options for helping overcome stereotype threat... if that's what you really want- you might as well skip to the last two chapters/sections.

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