Thursday 02 Mar 2017

What is prejudice in the 21st Century and how can education help to reduce it?

Understanding Prejudice and Education: the challenge for future generations (Routledge)

Conrad Hughes (LGB Campus & Secondary Principal) has recently published a study on how education can reduce prejudice. The book discusses how the study of history and culture in schools can lead to less prejudice, how to develop empathy, critical thinking and reflection in students and how some of the principles of international education, including examples from Ecolint, can better inform educators' efforts for a less prejudiced world.

Chapters explore a range of examples of classroom practice. Starting with the need to recognise and broach prejudice at the individual level, it continues with an exploration into external factors that can influence prejudice reduction. Finally, it concludes with an integrative framework that can be adapted and adopted in schools, synthesising findings and emphasising the need for individuals and groups to work against preconceived beliefs and emotional reactions to situations, offering contra-intuitive, rational and affective responses.

Understanding Prejudice and Education is essential reading for all those engaged in relevant undergraduate, Master’s level and postgraduate courses in education, social psychology and cultural studies, as well as teachers and school leaders interested in developing strategies to reduce prejudice in their schools.

It can be ordered online from Routledge, or from other online platforms such as Amazon.

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