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SPSSI-EASP Small Group Meeting 2022

Society in the classroom: Integrating perspectives on how socioeconomic disparities unfold in educational settings

June 30th - July 2nd, 2022
London School of Economics and Political Science

The submissions deadline has been extended to Friday, 31st December, 2021.

Each year, SPSSI partners with the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) to sponsor a scholarly conference. Conferences alternate between venues in Europe and North America.

Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, London School of Economics, Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science;
Sébastien Goudeau, University of Poitiers, Research Centre on Cognition and Learning (CeRCA);
Nicole Stephens, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.

Although education is often seen as the great equalizer, socioeconomic status (SES) continues to be one of the strongest predictors of academic outcomes. Psychology research into educational inequalities has shifted from individual-level traits to focus on institutional, cultural, and societal factors, such as class-based stereotypes, independent norms, and the psychological impact of conditions of poverty. Such an orientation is starting to reveal how potential cognitive, emotional and behavioral strengths afforded by situations of adversity or working-class environments may be devalued by institutions designed for middle class people. This Small Group Meeting aims to contribute to this shift toward higher levels of analysis in the study of the link between SES and educational outcomes, by bringing together different subfields of research (e.g., behavioral economics of scarcity, sociocultural psychology of social class, behavioral ecological study of responses to adversity), and connecting them with insights from sociology and social policy. Based at the London School of Economics our program will enable participants to share cutting-edge psychological research on how socioeconomic disparities unfold in educational settings across life stages, while also hearing from leading researchers on the topic from neighboring social science fields.

Confirmed keynote speakers:  Hazel Markus (Stanford University), Peggy Miller (University of Illinois), Lucinda Platt (London School of Economics)

We are currently inviting abstracts (maximum 250 words) for research (theoretical and empirical, including early stage) to present at the Meeting, with an extended deadline of Friday, 31st December, 2021. Notice of acceptance to present and attend will be given by Friday, 8th January, 2022. All accepted participants will have their registration and 50% of accommodation costs covered by the meeting sponsors, EASP and SPSSI.

Please email abstracts, along with short paragraph on why you’d like to attend the meeting, and a note on whether you are an EASP and/or a SPSSI member, to:

To best take advantage of the Small Group Meeting format, we have a strong preference to hold the event in person in London. If circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic make this too difficult, we will consider hybrid and online formats. We will canvas the views of all accepted participants before any such decision is made.

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