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ERIC Number: EJ791400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Venturing into Scary Places: The Minority Experience
Bennett, Craig
About Campus, v12 n2 p26-29 May-Jun 2007
Students who have lived as part of a majority for their entire life may find it frightening to be asked to visit a place where they will be in the minority. In this article, the author uses this assignment to demonstrate to his students how some people feel everyday. The Minority Experience assignment challenges students to actively participate in a cultural event in which they can experience minority status. Through this assignment, students have the opportunity to experience a paradigm shift. Through the experience of being the different person, a cultural awareness occurs and new thinking emerges; students' way of perceiving, interpreting, and understanding the world shifts. As a result of their shift in thinking and, perhaps, some further support, the author believes that students will begin taking more intentional actions to diversify their experiences. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A