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An investigation into the relationship of stereotyping in different cultures.

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An investigation into the relationship of stereotyping in different cultures Abstract The investigation I carried out was based on the research done by Best and Williams (1990) where children in 25 different countries such as Pakistan Japan new Zealand etc where tested on stereotyping. The aim of the investigation was to see the difference in the stereotyping in these countries Introduction Sex role stereotyping is a belief that describes how set behaviours such as attitudes rights and duties are appropriate and typical behaviours for people who are classed as being male and female. Stereotyping occurs in everybody it allows us to simplify the world but in the cost that an individual is lost to a set of beliefs that are generalised. Positive and negative stereotypes are abundant throughout the world and many of us are unaware that we use these stereotypes on a regular basis to make decisions that affect other people. The area that I have chosen to do which sex-role stereotyping occurs at a very young age and in order to find how sex-role stereotyping can be measured and looked at objectively; I need to look at the developmental stage of sex-role stereotyping and what are the influences of such behaviours. In a child the vital part of development is knowing what goes with being a male or female. ...read more.

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the line and another which would be a male action such as hammering a nail in the well an then asking children which of those they think the stick man is doing. Hypothesis There will be a significant difference in sex role stereotyping in children who are white and ethnic Pakistani. Null hypothesis There will be no difference in sex role stereotyping in children who are white and ethnic Pakistani. Design The experimental was conducted because design, it is the only method which will make it an experiment objective as possible and allow me to test and compare variables and effectively to test the hypothesis. The two variable in the investigations are independent variable being the W.British children and the Asian British children the other variable which is the dependant variable will be the two stereotypical behaviours the stick man could be doing . Any extraneous variables which may cause my investigation to go wrong maybe that the stereotype picture maybe one sided I.e. it may be a clear women in order to over come this I will be doing a pilot study before carrying the investigation out this will explained further on. The experiment will be conducted as a field experiment in a school as this is and will make my results as best as possible and if a laboratory experiment was conducted the result would not be accurate as children may act different in unfamiliar surroundings. ...read more.

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The graph below compares the two sexes stereotyping as you can see there is a clear difference in the boys and in the girls the bar graph shows exactly the same result Discussion The aim of the investigation was to see the relation in stereotyping in ethnic and white children. The results show that stereotyping in the boys was stronger in the ethnic children then in the white children but the results in the girls was exactly the same only one girl in both culture stated that the person was hammering a nail. In the hypothesis it is stated that there will be a significant difference in sex role stereotyping in children who are white and ethnic Pakistani, my results support the view of in the boys but not in the girls Standardised instructions 1. Offer the child a seat and introduce your self " hi my name is salmah" 2. describe what they are supposed to do "I was wondering if you can help me by answering this question 3. ask the question "can you see this picture what do you think that person is doing, do you think he's hammering a nail or is she putting clothes on the line" 4. wait for an answer and help the child if they are struggling by repeating the question 5. then thank the child and mark the question once they have worked away Salmah Aslam ...read more.

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