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What elements would be part of an educational program about diversity and inclusion?

What elements would be part of an educational program about diversity and inclusion?

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By Nivari Van der Voorde on Nov 08, 2020

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Ideas of program elements:

[1] Hopson & all., Implications of Doll Color Preferences among Black Preschool Children and White Preschool Children, journal of black psychology, 1988

[2] John F. Dovidio, On the Nature of Contemporary Prejudice: The Third Wave, SPSSI, 2002

by Nivari Van der Voorde on Nov 08, 2020

Shubhankar Kulkarni 17 days ago
Nivari Van der Voorde Role-play: Projects such as "know-your-neighbor" in the class - all about them, their family structure, how they like their clothes, foods, values, and most importantly, their problems, however small they may be, etc. and give a presentation to the entire class from their point of view. Here, you don't get embarrassed by sharing about your family and traditions (if at all, you are) because you don't have to talk about yourself, you have to talk as if you were your neighbor and the neighbor talks about you. Also, you learn about other's ethnicity (and other kinds of background) and also share it with the entire class. This will work well if the class is represented by many different groups (any kind of group).
Darko Savic 18 days ago
Tests that uncover "bad apples" might not be liked by parents when their child turns out to be in a bad spotlight.
Dragan Otasevic 18 days ago
How do you deal with children that have antisocial personality disorders (sociopathy, psychopathy)? Or those with other personality disorders that make them incapable of healthy bonding with peers?

Consider human nature and different stages of development

by Dragan Otasevic on Nov 08, 2020

Nivari Van der Voorde 17 days ago
I think the start of the day or program should be focused on creating and stimulating empathy. This way you can start from a vulnerable and open point of view. The aim should be 'teambuilding' and caring for another and not to create opposite sides.

What do you mean by leaving them to "battle it out"?
Dragan Otasevic 17 days ago
Nivari Van der Voordeopposite sides emerge naturally. People (kids included) are very concious of social hierarchy. We inately try to put our foot down and claim our spot in society. This behavior is reinforced by the neurotransmitter serotonin https://youtu.be/z-79WwFMiO0 that rewards us for achieving social importance.

If left to their own devices, kids will compete, take stuff from each other, put each other down, gang up on each other, etc. It unfortunately comes to us naturally. Social hierarchy emerges one way or another. By "battle it out" I meant whether to interfere or not in their hierarchy-building interactions.

We should come up with ways of interfering so that there is minimal scarring left on the psyche of kids that find themselves on the losing end of the hierarchy.

Well staffed kindergartens with well trained educators

by Darko Savic on Nov 08, 2020

Nivari Van der Voorde 14 days ago
I think this very important indeed. Unfortunately, in the country where I live, The Netherlands, this is a low-income profession. Also, from what I know from my friend that studied Pedagogics, there is a big difference on theoretical knowledge and social abilities. She found that some of her co-students were doing well on written assessments, but their human knowledge or social and communicative abilities were not natural and not good enough to work in this field. I think these social abilities should be an important factor in any field related to mental health or pedagogy, and ways should be found to test these more strictly.

However, in this specific brainstorm I am asking for ideas on what could be good elements/components of an educational program specified on the topic diversity and inclusion. I gave some examples in the contributions. Any ideas on this?

Kids visiting other kids with special needs

by Darko Savic on Nov 08, 2020

"Enemies" stuck together for some time

by Dragan Otasevic on Nov 08, 2020

Nivari Van der Voorde 14 days ago
I think is can be very effective. I am just struggling to find ways to create this setting considering an external party comes to school to address this topic in a limited amount of time. Do you have ideas how to execute this specifically? Maybe in a game a similar setting can be created?

Integrate ethnic and indigenous knowledge

by Subash Chapagain on Nov 09, 2020

Teach kids the "why's" of things

by Darko Savic on Nov 09, 2020

Nivari Van der Voorde 14 days ago
Yes, I am all for! Letting them think themselves of the 'why' but also of solutions will create the biggest impact. In coaching this is a technique used a lot. By asking questions, and with that stimulating thought processes, the coached one gets involved in a more complex issue and is more engaged. Coming with solutions themselves leaves them feel rewarded and the outcome is remembered better.

I would say that a practical way of doing this is by making the program highly interactive.

Celebrate diversity

by Jamila on Nov 10, 2020

Nivari Van der Voorde 14 days ago
Yes, very nice input. I was before only thinking in the direction of “dis-acceptance of diversity is painful and harmful, so we need to address this”. But celebrating diversity is just such an important part as well!

Especially tasting dishes from different countries, and maybe specifically sweets I can easily see becoming a hit😀

Other ideas on celebrating diversity:
- Sharing music from different countries
- Discussing different manners and habits
- Quiz: Who knows the most different cultures?

Jamila 14 days ago
Nivari Van der Voorde That would definitely be a hit. There could be a dessert table with loads of yummy food. 😊

I like your ideas for celebrating diversity. For the quiz idea, we could:
- Show people flags, and then they have to guess which country’s flag that is.
- Ask people to guess when certain events happen (like the month) and their significance. - Ask people to guess what language someone is speaking.

Awareness of biases in thinking

by Moj Jalali on Nov 16, 2020


by Povilas S on Nov 16, 2020

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