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Meagan M. Patterson

School of Education and Human Sciences - Educational Psychology
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 632
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
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Meagan M. Patterson is an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Kansas. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology and linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MA and PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on intergroup attitudes, the development of personal and group identity, and the implications of identity for academic and civic engagement.



EPSY 305: Development & Learning of the Child

EPSY 704: Advanced Educational Psychology: Learning Processes in Education

EPSY 806: Issues in Human Growth and Development

EPSY 807: Theories and Research in Human Learning

Teaching Interests

  • Child development
  • Lifespan development
  • Learning
  • College teaching
  • Gender
  • Race
  • And inequality in development and education

Research Interests

  • Gender and race in child development
  • Development of personal and group identity
  • Intergroup attitudes
  • Political and civic engagement

Selected Publications

Patterson, M. M., & Bigler, R. S. (2018). Effects of consistency between self and ingroup on children’s views of self, groups, and abilities [Journal Articles]. Social Development. Published. https://doi.org/10.1111/sode.12255
Zucker, J. K., & Patterson, M. M. (2018). Racial socialization practices among White American parents: Relations to racial attitudes, racial identity, and school diversity [Journal Articles]. Journal of Family Issues. Published. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X18800766
Patterson, M. M., Kravchenko, N., Chen-Bouck, L., & Kelley, J. A. (2016). General and domain-specific beliefs about ability and intelligence among preservice and practicing teachers [Journal Articles]. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59, 180–190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2016.06.004
Patterson, M. M., Pahlke, E., & Bigler, R. S. (2013). Witnesses to history: Children’s views of race in the 2008 United States presidential election [Journal Articles]. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13, 186–210. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-2415.2012.01303.x
Patterson, M. M. (2012). Self-perceived gender typicality, gender-typed attributes, and gender stereotype endorsement in elementary-school-aged children [Journal Articles]. Sex Roles, 67, 422–434. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-012-0184-9

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