Whistling Vivaldi reading group resourcesCover of Whistling Vivaldi

Addressing equity gaps (aka achievement gaps) is a central goal for most colleges and universities, but solutions have seemed distant and difficult.  Research in social psychology has identified an important cause of achievement gaps -- stereotype threat -- and some easy-to-implement solutions that can make a substantial difference for students. 

As a follow-up to the Fall 2013 Conference on Teaching and Learning that featured Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an expert on stereotype threat and successful interventions, CATL is hosting a reading/discussion program of Claude Steele's book Whistling Vivaldi.  Purdie-Vaughns was one of Claude Steele's graduate students.  Claude Steele initially identified the phenomenon he called "stereotype threat," and he and his graduate students have developed many of the interventions that help to fix the problems that performing under stereotype threat involves. 

CATL is providing copies of the book to any instructor who wishes to read it.  If you did not get a copy at the conference, please email Josh Kraft to request one.  All we ask is that you read the book and discuss it with at least one other person.  CATL has organized some discussion groups (see below) that you might join if you wish.  Feel free to organize your own if you prefer.  If you'd like to open your discussion group to more people, please email Josh Kraft with the dates, times, location, and contact person for your group, and he will post your meeting information on this website. 

Here are some possible discussion questions.  Feel free to pick and choose among them, or invent your own.  The book is 219 pages long and reads very easily.  Here is a brief glossary of psychology terms used in the book.

Here are the times, meeting dates, and locations of all the Whistling Vivaldi reading groups CATL knows about: 

Dates Time Place Contact
Mondays:  Sept. 16 (Chs. 1-4), Sept. 30 (Chs 5-8), Oct. 14 (Chs. 9-11) 9-10 AM 306 Wimberly Deb Hoskins
Wednesdays:  Sept. 18 (Chs. 1-4), Oct. 2 (Chs 5-8), Oct. 16 (Chs. 9-11) Noon-1 PM 2200 Centennial Kristin Koepke
Thursdays:  Sept. 19 (Chs. 1-4), Oct. 3 (Chs 5-8), Oct. 17 (Chs. 9-11) 2:15-3:15 PM 2200 Centennial Jen Snook

And for those of you who don't know how to whistle Vivaldi, here's a video.  Feel free to hum along!