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ERIC Number: ED426927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 34
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Stereotypes, Tolerance, and the Classroom.
Brehm, Christine J.
This paper suggests that because higher education is instrumental in increasing awareness and sensitivity toward minority images and can influence levels of tolerance that students display and convey to public actors; therefore, many universities offer classes that challenge students to look beyond stereotypes and to appreciate the diversity of foreign, minority, and gender groups. If these classes are capable of encouraging diversity, tolerance, and inclusion, then a measurable change in the level of tolerance and the stereotypes held by students taking these classes can be expected. Using pre- and post-class surveys, it was found that students who take one of the foreign/minority/gender classes to meet core curriculum requirements have no significant change in their stereotypes or in their tolerance levels toward women, minorities, and gays after taking the class, compared to their tolerances and images of these groups before taking such a class. (Contains 3 tables of data and 36 references. Appendix A contains cover letters for students and instructors and the questionnaire; Appendix B lists the various types of classes offered; Appendix C describes the research project.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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