Activities for Teaching About Prejudice and Discrimination

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The Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology has just posted a new resource for social psychology entitled:
Activities for Teaching about Prejudice and Discrimination

Authors: Mary E. Kite, Stephen A. Gabourel, and 15 others
Affiliation: Ball State University
Description: This 69-page resource offers 12 classroom activities that can be used to help students identify their stereotypic beliefs and prejudices, the sources of those beliefs and attitudes, and the behaviors that stem from them. Two of the activities focus on the historical bases of prejudice and discrimination, particularly in the United States. Although these activities were designed for high school and college level students, they can be tailored to be suitable for younger students.[Taken from the OTRP site.]

The activities include exercises on  racial prejudice, LGBT discrimination, ageism, physical appearance discrimination, understanding cognitive dissonance, and several others. The authors provide scales, descriptions of how to conduct the activity, references, and additional resources. I am not teaching any courses this semester that I could use these activities for but they will definitely be on my list for future semesters.

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