Diversity in Education, Chapter 2, Caprice Padauano

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Diversity in Education, Chapter 2, Caprice Padauano

  1. 1. Chapter 2 Children and Their Identity!
  2. 2. What are children like? <ul><li>Curious about themselves and others </li></ul><ul><li>Construct social identities </li></ul><ul><li>Overt and covert messages teach </li></ul><ul><li>Who is or isn’t important </li></ul><ul><li>Make sense of what they see and hear </li></ul><ul><li>Develop their own pre-prejudgments </li></ul><ul><li>Who belongs </li></ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul>
  3. 3. Curious about themselves and others <ul><li>By 6 months children notice differences in skin color and associate that with who they know </li></ul><ul><li>By 2 years old they know gender and apply it </li></ul><ul><li>By 3 years they begin to ask questions about how they fit with others </li></ul><ul><li>By 4 they show awareness of family structures and economic class </li></ul><ul><li>By 5 they clearly want information about what will stay the same and what will change in their own lives both physically and emotionally </li></ul>
  4. 4. Construct social identities <ul><li>All people born into an identity </li></ul><ul><li>Will form personal identities as well as how they fit into social identities </li></ul><ul><li>Begins in toddlerhood (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Identities can harm or support </li></ul><ul><li>Our own beliefs set our ideas about what we can or cannot do and will impact our ability to thrive </li></ul>
  5. 5. Overt and covert messages teach <ul><li>Over=those things said or declared </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Covert=tiny unseen messages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What we do not what we say </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Who is or isn’t important <ul><li>Being visible makes them feel important </li></ul>
  7. 7. Make sense of what they see and hear <ul><li>Children will form theories based on what they see and hear </li></ul><ul><li>Often incorrect based on lack of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Respect their thinking but correct the incorrect theories </li></ul>
  8. 8. Develop their own pre-prejudgments <ul><li>Absorb EVERYTHING </li></ul><ul><li>They learn incorrect ideas, stereotypes and biases </li></ul><ul><li>Watch so closely and silently that adults forget they are around </li></ul><ul><li>Learn most from covert messages </li></ul><ul><li>Address these early or they will stick </li></ul><ul><li>After age 10 it is almost impossible to change thinking </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who belongs <ul><li>From watching they form ideas about status </li></ul><ul><li>What they see is what is real </li></ul>
  10. 10. Power <ul><li>They know who is boss just by watching </li></ul><ul><li>Internalized oppression=ones belief about their relation in their own group that results in behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>Internalized privilege=ones belief about their relation in their own group that results in a sense of entitlement </li></ul><ul><li>ALL related to power and if their group has it or doesn’t and who has the power in the group or over the group </li></ul>

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