Putting Belonging in Context: Communal Affordances Signal Belonging in STEM

Published on 2020-01-14T15:09:33Z (GMT) by
<div><p>A sense of belonging in a particular context is cued not only by the people in the role but by the affordances of the role—that is, the opportunities for goal pursuit. We investigate this role-based belonging in four studies documenting that the perceived affordances of social roles inform sense of belonging and convey known benefits of belonging. Perceiving more communal opportunities in naturalistic science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) settings was associated with heightened belonging in those roles (Studies 1–2). Experimentally manipulating collaborative activities in a science lab increased anticipated belonging in the lab and fostered interest, particularly among women (Study 3). Finally, mentally simulating communal affordances in a role promoted recovery from belonging threat: Considering communal opportunities in STEM facilitated recovery of STEM-specific belonging after recalling exclusion in STEM (Study 4). Investigations of role-based belonging offer the potential for both theoretical and practical advances.</p></div>

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Belanger, Aimee L.; Joshi, Mansi P.; Fuesting, Melissa A.; Weisgram, Erica S.; Claypool, Heather M.; Diekman, Amanda B. (2020): Putting Belonging in Context: Communal Affordances Signal Belonging in STEM. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4816719.v1