ERIC Number: EJ1055261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Social Class
Tablante, Courtney B.; Fiske, Susan T.
Teaching of Psychology, v42 n2 p184-190 Apr 2015
Discussing socioeconomic status in college classes can be challenging. Both teachers and students feel uncomfortable, yet social class matters more than ever. This is especially true, given increased income inequality in the United States and indications that higher education does not reduce this inequality as much as many people hope. Resources from current psychological science can inform teaching by providing insights about social class stereotypes, attributions about blame and deserving, trust, cross-class interactions, and class cultures. Implications for teaching include paying attention to the potential for class-based stereotype threat, cultural mismatch, and stigma, as well as considering relative status in addition to absolute rank. Ongoing research can provide useful and hopeful directions for coping with social inequality in college classrooms.
Descriptors: Social Class, Socioeconomic Status, Stereotypes, Coping, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Trust (Psychology), Low Income Groups, Social Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, College Programs, Social Differences
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