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ERIC Number: EJ896269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
"Why Does Wearing a Yellow Bib Make Us Different"?: A Case Study of Explaining Discrimination in a West of Scotland Secondary (High) School
Maitles, Henry; McKelvie, Erin
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v8 n1 p245-261 Aug 2010
This paper reports on and discusses one Scottish secondary school's attempts to develop an understanding of discrimination and prejudice with S1 (Year 7 in England) pupils using a simulation based on a truncated version of Jane Elliott's "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" experiment of the 1960s. The research questions were: (1) Did the pupils learn anything about discrimination from the day as a whole?; (2) Did they remember what they have learned over a period of time?; (3) Did the "winter babies" gain more from the day than the "summer babies"?; and (4) Was the experiment worthwhile? The paper first discusses the issue of using simulations in general and specifically with pupils aged about 12 years; second, explains how the simulation was set up; third, reports on the pupil perception of the simulation--both the "victims" and the "bystanders"; and fourth, attempts to draw some tentative conclusions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)