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UW-Madison's Bellmore speaks with WPR about academic benefits of diversity

February 08, 2018

UW-Madison's Amy Bellmore was recently interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about a study she co-authored about how having a diverse group of peers impacts academic performance.

Amy Bellmore
Bellmore is a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology.

The study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, examined who sixth-graders chose to sit with at lunch. The study found that the students who sat with peers from other racial or ethnic groups had higher grades.

"You're going to be continuously moving into new environments, whether that's high school, college, a work environment where there are gonna be people different from you," Bellmore told WPR. "And so, that is a skill set, and it's a set of experiences that you can take and sort of have benefit you in those other places."

View the full Wisconsin Public Radio report: "Study Shows Academic Benefits of Having Diverse Peers."

The study itself is titled, “Early Adolescents’ Peer Experiences with Ethnic Diversity in Middle School: Implications for Academic Outcomes.” 
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