What are Stereotypes? How Do They Help or Hurt People?
Grade Level: Middle School, High School; Type: Social Science
- Learn about various stereotypes, “bad” and “good”.
- Learn about the adaptive advantages and positive consequences of stereotypes.
- Learn about the negative consequences of stereotypes.
In this project you will explore the scientific literature on stereotypes, "good" and "bad," as well as the known consequences, positive and negative, of stereotypes. In addition, you will learn about the concept of adaptation and adaptive utility, and note the theses of any papers or studies that address the adaptive utility of stereotyping others. You will also investigate any research that suggests how we can mitigate the negative consequences of stereotyping others. Finally, you will write up the findings of your investigations and write a summary conclusion about our tendency to stereotype.
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