Can your name affect your grades in school?

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This study examines perceptions of achievement motivation as influenced by first name and student ethnicity. One hundred thirty elementary school teachers were given a vignette of a fifth-grade student and instructed to judge the behavior and characteristics of the student. Results showed that there was a significant main effect for an ethnic first name. Overall, significantly lower achievement scores were given by raters whose descriptions used an African American-sounding name rather than a Caucasian-sounding name.

Source: “The Relationship Between First Names and Teacher Expectations for Achievement Motivation” from Journal of Language and Social Psychology

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