This resource will help develop students’ understanding of stereotyping and the consequences and impact it can have on the people involved

Identifying stereotypes

Written by Tina Rae, Nisha Nakarja & Patricia Velinor

This resource contains cards which describe potentially uncomfortable situations. Students are asked to select two or three cards. Each card presents a stereotype of one kind or another. For example, the first card presents a description of a Muslim woman who is covered. She is walking down the street and being stared at by a group of white boys. Another card presents a boy watching a dance class and clearly wanting to join in but not feeling able to do so.

The participants are then given the description cards question sheet. They are asked to work in pairs or smaller groups looking carefully at each of the cards selected, considering how they would answer this series of questions.

The central idea is to identify how each of the characters feels and why the behaviour of others may engender such feelings. Participants are also asked to consider how those feelings may prompt certain behaviours from each of the individuals concerned.

The aim is to consider how others are stereotyped and how we need to be vigilant in terms of identifying our own views and responses to others, ensuring that we are acting in an entirely inclusive and non-stereotypical manner. 

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