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Unformatted text preview: Sociology 16:40 Van Ausdale & Feagin: Pre-schoolers’ Use of Racial/Ethnic Concepts • Research Question o Do preschool children understand and know how to employ racial/ethnic concepts? • Research Design o Observation of 3-5 year old children in somewhat diverse preschool for a bout a year o “Least adult role”- acknowledging how hard it is for adults to blend in and become part of the setting • Do preschool children understand and know how to employ racial/ethnic concepts? o YES! • Children use these concepts to: o To exclude o To include o To define self o To define others o To control • Adults do play a role. Teachers o Intervene or not- don’t force kids to be friends but work it out by talking Intervention can try to get kids to talk and work things out Child can still be excluded if teachers intervention makes a negative impact o Confirm or challenge children’s use of racial/ethnic concepts • These pre-school interactions likely are the building blocks for children’s on- going constructions and uses of racial/ethnic concepts and categories • What might the authors say about the doll experiments? o We want to know the social context and meaning why kids are choosing these dolls o Social desirability- children know what answers are expected about them o “Racial knowledge is situational, and children can interact in a race-based or race-neutral manner, according to their evaluations of [perceived] appropriateness” (p. 791) o Must observe kids in real world setting •...
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2011 for the course SOC 102 taught by Professor Mcginn during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Spring '08