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ERIC Number: EJ890115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
The Advantage of a Focus on Advantage: A Note on Teaching Minority Groups
Wooddell, George; Henry, Jacques
Teaching Sociology, v33 n3 p301-309 July 2005
Substantial classroom experience has made teachers aware that teaching undergraduate sociology courses dealing with minority groups presents a particular set of challenges. The difficulty they confronted in teaching a course dealing with racial and ethnic groups is two-pronged: on one hand, there is the well-documented problematic nature of the concepts themselves; on the other hand the multiplicity, overlap, and inadequacies of theoretical approaches both at the macrosocial and middle-range levels conflicts with the rather simplistic treatment of race and difference in American public discourse. In this article, the authors examine the complex issues of teaching undergraduate sociology courses to minority groups. The authors' examination is neither a critical analysis of the concept of ethnicity and related notions nor a practical guide to designing or teaching ethnic studies classes. Rather it introduces a model that allows a concise presentation of the complex issues of race, ethnicity and minority status. They propose to integrate the concepts of advantage with the traditional dyad of prejudice and discrimination into a simple yet solidly structured pattern that can be usefully utilized in a classroom setting. They use this device as a common thread linking the myriad cases in American history and present and they believe that it helps provide both students and instructors with much needed clarity in the presentation of such complex issues. (Contains 1 figure and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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