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'Language and the Development of Children's Ethnic Prejudice - Critical Analysis.

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'Language and the Development of Children's Ethnic Prejudice- Critical Analysis The article Language and the Development of Children's Ethnic Prejudice written by Drew Nesdale of Griffith University discusses a study of children's ethnic prejudice and whether this is developed as a result of interaction with their parents and peers. The article is extremely relevant to the area of teaching, as it explores children's early language development and how it is greatly affected by the people who influence their lives, i.e. parents and peers. The title of the article is easily understandable, and reflects the main focus of the text. The abstract is also very effective, clearly outlining the purpose of the study and generally introducing the subjects for the study through the use of age groups. However the procedure for the study is not included, and the results obtained are not discussed in the abstract. Despite this, the abstract is still very effective as the information presented in it is consistent with the following article, and effectively allows the reader to develop a general knowledge of the purpose of the study. ...read more.


have been chosen. There is no bias evident in the selection of the children, but as the selection process is not clearly outlined, it is difficult to accurately assess bias. Researchers did not conduct the studies using an experimental group and a control group, as the study used mainly an interview-style method of collecting information from each subject. The methods used to conduct the various studies are not extensively discussed in the article, Nesdale preferring to focus the article on the implications of the information collected rather than the collection of this data. In order to conduct the various studies outlined in the article, various methods were used to collect information from the subjects. Primarily interview-style methods were used to analyse the children, where an adult researcher would ask questions based on scenarios involving children of different races, some based on pictures portraying these scenarios. The children were questioned about the scenario, and what they thought about particular aspects of it. In this way, each child studied was assessed based on their views of ethnicity. These views were ascertained through the use of various stimulus questions that determined a child's view of children whose skin colour differed from their own. ...read more.


This article is extremely relevant and useful to a person who is studying teaching and learning processes, as it gives the reader a unique insight into the development of racial prejudice in children, and how children come to develop these stereotypes in their beliefs. The article also provides information that may become relevant to a teachers should an example of racial discrimination or prejudice ever arise in the classroom, as it helps give insight into the origins and rationale behind these stereotypes. The article also effectively demonstrates how powerful the spoken word is to a young child, and how much the language of the people who surround them, especially adults, influences children. Once a person is aware of this influence, they will be able to monitor their own language to a certain extent and try to actively prevent encouraging racial prejudice in the presence of children, so as to prevent these prejudices being formed in children. The article is extremely effective in making this point, and is useful not only to teachers, but to anyone who comes into regular contact with young children. 1 ...read more.

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