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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

The SPARQ Solutions Catalog helps practitioners apply social psychological insights to their work in:

"Nice job A' written on bottom of student's paper

Problem

African-American students tend to receive lower grades, partly because they distrust school and their teachers.

Solution

When teachers tell African-American students, “I have high standards, and I know you can meet them,” they build their students’ trust and help them excel...

Scan of brain

Problem

In math and science, women and girls trail behind their male peers. 

Solution

Teaching girls that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a trait they are born with, helps them earn higher grades in math...

A group of gay-straight alliance students hold a banner in a pride parade

Problem

Teens are notoriously intolerant of people who do not think, act, or look like them.

Solution

When just one teen stands up to prejudice, his or her peers often follow suit…

A girl studies

Problem

Many promising students earn bad grades their first year of college.

Solution

Informing college freshmen that many first-years stumble, but then do better, helps them pull up their GPAs...

Group of civil rights protestors

Problem

People who value equality fail to support civil rights. 

Solution

Making people aware that their values and behaviors do not align motivates them to change their ways...

Man's hands writing with a pen

Problem

Routine stresses and traumatic life events like a divorce make us more prone to illness.  

Solution

Writing about upsetting experiences makes us happier and healthier...

Students sitting at graduation

Problem

Even the most prepared students of color have worse grades and health than their European-American classmates.

Solution

When African Americans are reassured that they belong in school,  their grades and health improve...

Two friends

Problem

We are often uneasy around people of other races.

Solution

Befriending just one person of a different race lowers anxiety and prejudice and makes it easier to cross racial boundaries in the future... 

A couple holding hands in front of a sunset

Problem

People with low self-esteem feel less love from their partners and have more trouble in relationships.   

Solution

Teaching people with low self-esteem to interpret their partner’s compliments as deep and enduring, rather than as shallow and fleeting, helps them feel loved and act better in their relationships...

Students take an exam

Problem

Many kids’ grades fall when they make the transition from elementary to middle school.  

Solution

Teaching middle-school students to think of intelligence as a skill they can develop over time, rather than a talent they were born with (or not), helps them persist in the face of setbacks and earn better grades... 

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