ERIC Number: ED421205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
The Development of Social Stereotyping in Children.
Bigler, Rebecca S.
This paper discusses a theory of the formation of social stereotyping and prejudice in children. This intergroup-developmental theory of prejudice has three primary goals: to account for the development of stereotyping and prejudice across multiple domains; to provide a developmental account of social stereotyping, outlining how developmental constraints on children's cognitive skills affect their construction of social categories and their meaning; and to describe the possible interaction of organismic and environmental factors in explaining the origins and developmental path of social stereotyping. The paper describes the methodological paradigm for experimental testing of this theory, as well as relevant observations within this paradigm conducted with children ages 6 to 11 years from a summer school program. The paper also discusses four environmental and group characteristics that have been shown experimentally to be relevant to racial stereotyping: functional use, perceptual salience, minority status, and the presence of group-to-attribute links. The interaction of these factors is also considered. Contains 14 references. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).