Proposal Title

Illustrating Prejudice and Discrimination with a Class Activity on the Bogardus Social Distance Scale

Proposal Abstract

This session will present a project that evaluated an APA-recommended class activity to illustrate prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale. Students in six sections of a family development course received either lecture or lecture plus the activity and completed two pretest and posttest measures. Results revealed greater positive shifts on the Scale for students who received the activity, but equivalent changes in attitudes toward the target group as students in the lecture only group. Attendees will participate in a demonstration of the classroom exercise and will learn how to adapt the exercise to different target groups and different classroom layouts. Session objectives include familiarizing attendees with the Bogardus Social Distance Scale, learning how to conduct and adapt the exercise to different classes, and reviewing the results of the project with respect to both changes in student attitudes and students' evaluation of the exercise.

Location

Room 1220

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 28th, 11:00 AM Mar 28th, 11:45 AM

Illustrating Prejudice and Discrimination with a Class Activity on the Bogardus Social Distance Scale

Room 1220

This session will present a project that evaluated an APA-recommended class activity to illustrate prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale. Students in six sections of a family development course received either lecture or lecture plus the activity and completed two pretest and posttest measures. Results revealed greater positive shifts on the Scale for students who received the activity, but equivalent changes in attitudes toward the target group as students in the lecture only group. Attendees will participate in a demonstration of the classroom exercise and will learn how to adapt the exercise to different target groups and different classroom layouts. Session objectives include familiarizing attendees with the Bogardus Social Distance Scale, learning how to conduct and adapt the exercise to different classes, and reviewing the results of the project with respect to both changes in student attitudes and students' evaluation of the exercise.