ERIC Number: ED297074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Pedagogical Strategies To Reduce Prejudice: Towards Middle Range Theories.
Educational policies to combat racist attitudes can succeed if comprehensive strategies are developed compatible with the context and the skills of the teachers involved. These strategies should be part of broader social policies and interests. Strategies should be holistic, comprehensive in scope and sequence, and involve the total school environment. Maximum use should be made of the resources and skills of the local community. Teaching strategies for prejudice reduction should include cognitive objectives to correct misinformation, as well as affective and behavioral objectives. Positive values are likely to transfer from one issue to another, but systematic reinforcement is necessary if gains are to be persistent. The purposes, values, and attributes of multiculturalism should permeate the school's functioning, including the following: (1) a democratic classroom and school ethos; (2) ethnic pluralism reflected in staff composition; (3) positive multi-ethnic interactions with significant others; (4) instruction that accounts for culturally different learning styles; and (5) mutual and multiple acculturation of student and teacher. Teaching and learning activities should include development of decision making and social action. Particular attention must be given to assessment and evaluation. A list of references is included. (FMW)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Integrated Activities, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Stereotypes, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1988).