Activity Common Threads Pass the yarn to someone with whom you share a common experience
Objectives Define basic definitions/concepts relating to diversity including race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, learning differences, ethnocentrism, stereotypes, and prejudice. Discuss the influence of culture on one’s personal values, perspectives, and attitudes. Identify interpersonal skills to interact with diverse individuals in educational institutions, the workplace, and society in general.
Culture CULTURE refers to shared: norms traditions behaviors language perceptions
Culture is.. The sum total of the learned behavior of any given society. Learned Shared Adaptive Dynamic
Individual Activity Complete the Cultural Self-Assessment form
Group Activity Split into groups of three or four (three is preferable) Using the Shared Culture Worksheet, identify cultural characteristics all of your, two of you and only one of you share.
Class System that structures group access to various resources: Economic Political Cultural Social
Class Individual Responsibility Societal Restriction
Class Socioeconomic status Income Wealth Occupation Education Power
Class Population below poverty level GroupNumberPercentage All races35.912.5% of U.S. population Asian American1.4 million11.6% of all Asian Americans Black8.8 million24.4 % of all blacks Latino9.0 million22.5% of all Latinos White15.9 million8.2% of all whites Older than 65 years3.6 million10.2% of over 65-year0olds Younger than 18 years12.9 million17.6% of children and youth Single Female Head of Household 12.4 million30.0% of female headed households
Class Class and education Greatest factor affecting socioeconomic status Challenge of first generation college-bound Not all cultures value education
Ethnicity and Race Ethnicity National origins Native country of ancestors Weakens after several generations Race Social construct, not biological or scientific Like a caste system Racial identification varies “He can call himself whatever he wants, but he’s still black.”
Ethnicity and Race Educational disparity Students of color more likely to be taught low level curricula with low performance standards by unqualified and inexperienced teachers 62% of white students take algebra II compared to 52% of African-Americans and 45% Latinos. African-American and Latinos less likely to go to college than whites and Asian Americans.
Activity Boys are better at… Girls are better at…
Gender and Sex Sex based on biological differences Male Female Gender based on cultural definition Masculine Feminine
Gender and Sex Greater variability within than between sexes Differences affected by cultural expectations and norms Nature versus nurture
Exceptionality Differ from the norm Below Developmental delayed Learning differences Above Talented Gifted
Factors that Affect Student Achievement Parental Expectations Summer Experiences Quality of Instruction Cultural Beliefs School Funding Child Rearing Practices Beliefs of Schools Socio- economic StatusStudentAchievement
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