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Watson, Penelope

After a 30 year career as a secondary school music teacher Penelope completed a PhD in educational psychology, exploring how beliefs and expectations about gender mediate stereotype threat, and influence recreational activity choice for adolescents. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education, and Project Manager for Associate Professor Christine Rubie-Davies’ Teacher Expectations Project (a Marsden Grant-funded project). Penelope’s research role within the Teacher Expectations Project is to explore the influence of gendered teacher expectations of their male and female students on student academic achievement in both reading and mathematics. Penelope is particularly interested in how beliefs about masculinity and femininity shape adolescent attitudes and choices. She continues to explore the how gender beliefs inform and understanding of stereotype threat in gendered contexts, and how gender stereotypes impact group relationships.

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