Essay on Stereotyping Is Not An Action

817 Words Sep 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
Stereotyping. Stereotyping is when you judge or assume facts about a person or group of people based on one attribute or identifying factor. Stereotyping is not an action, but the underlying thinking behind an action; therefore, it may not be known unless someone said their thoughts out loud. There is a stereotype that all high school students who live in a city and go to an urban school as people who are affiliated with gang activity. In an educational setting, this would be like a high school teacher thinking or making comments like; that all the kids in the school are affiliated with gang activity because they come from a low socioeconomic background and attend an urban school.
Conscious bias. Conscious bias is where the person is aware of their preference to a specific person, group, object, or way of doing things. For instance, over the summer I had a few favorite students and I was aware of who they were. Also, I believe I will have favorite students in future classrooms and be aware of it. It is important to note, that conscious bias is an underlying factor in behavior and not an action. While I had favorite students, I tried my best not to show that in my behavior to the class.
Ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is defined as the belief that one’s own ethnic group or culture is superior. It is the tendency to view different ethnic groups and cultures from the viewpoint of your own (“Ethnocentrism”). For example, a teacher, who is a middle-class, Caucasian, Christian…

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