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Stereotype Threat ~ How Does it Impact Education?

Although definitions vary somewhat, the most commonly sited definition of Stereotype threat refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one’s group  (Steele & Aronson, 1995).  This creates anxiety which impacts performance in the area to which the negative stereotype applies.  Interestingly, in the book and the interview below, Mr. Steele states that he hasn’t found a group yet to which no negative stereotype applies.  In his book, Whistling Vivaldi, Claude Steel summarizes research about this concept which is all very interesting.  However, perhaps the most interesting aspect of this line of research is the apparent ease with which the anxiety may be able to be reduced and Continue reading “Stereotype Threat ~ How Does it Impact Education?”

Excellent Review of the Chess in Education Literature

St. Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center Chess Research Review Comprehensive Review of Chess in Education Research

If you are looking for a accessible, but scholarly review of the research on the potential benefits of chess, you can find it on the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center.  The review includes the strengths and weaknesses of the various studies included as well as a nice executive summary of their results.

MATCH Response to the News Debate about Whether Females are at a Biological Disadvantage for Becoming a Strong Chess Player

Women and Girls in Chess Debate

If you have been following chess news at all, you will have read about the controversy regarding GM Nigel Short’s comments about women’s “natural” chess playing abilities (see links below for more information). Continue reading “MATCH Response to the News Debate about Whether Females are at a Biological Disadvantage for Becoming a Strong Chess Player”

MATCH Chess Scorebook for Kids Sample

We’ve had some requests for a sample of the scoresheets in our MATCH Scorebook for kids because Amazon’s preview feature only shows the front pages.  Although it’s nice to see that the scorebook includes instructions on using and taking notation, we agree that it would be helpful to see what the scoresheets look like.  Unfortunately, we cannot change which pages get previewed on Amazon, but we can include one here:

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