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Reducing Prejudice !!

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Reducing Prejudice !! There is two ways in which you can reduce prejudice within a society. These being social education and inter-group contact. The best way of social education is not through targeting attitudes at home but by enriching schools curriculum's to enable children to be exposed to other viewpoints. A school that used this technique was Verona High School, New Jersey, USA. They introduced a programme that provided sufficient opportunity to discuss equality issues, to understand equality diversity represents challenges and opportunities for individuals and society as a whole and to align the specific area of instruction with equality issues. A study was carried out by Aronson et al (1978) which was also classroom based. ...read more.

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When evaluating social education you can see that it is a very successful way of reducing discrimination. In the study by Aronson et al although the value of cooperation took different amounts of time to sink in, the different ethnic groups cooperated and learned from each other. Also in the jigsaw technique all of the different ethnic groups was of the same equal status during the task. Another point to be made is that the effectiveness of the study. The study was very effective as it made the children mutually independent as well as teaching them about cooperation. The other way of reducing prejudice is by enhancing inter-group contact. Increased contact can help to reduce prejudice in three ways. ...read more.

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It has been proven that contact alone is not enough for prejudice to be reduced. Cook (1978) said that five factors also need to be present. Equal-status of participants, Exposure to non-stereotypical individuals, personal aquatinted, environmental support for inter-group contact and cooperation between groups. Some studies have shown to support these five principles such as the study of attitudes of Hindu and Muslim students toward each other carried out in Bangladesh by Islam and Hewstone in 1993. They found that both quantity and quality of interaction were directly related to a more positive attitude toward the out-group. Another major problem is that reducing prejudice inter-group conflict can only be achieved if it is possible for both groups to have their needs satisfied. ...read more.

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