For example, some students adapt that schema relatively easily as they move from elementary, to middle, to high school, and on to college are faced with new expectations for behavior and academic engagement. Other students don't adapt as easily, and holding onto their old schema creates problems as they try to interpret new information through old, incompatible schema.
Schemata are used to interpret others' behavior and form impressions about who they are as a person. We make similar interpretations based on where people are from, their age, their race, and other social and cultural factors.
We have schemata about individuals, groups, places, and things, and these schemata filter our perceptions before, during, and after interactions.