Ch4 PSYC 2060 - StudentDiversity Intro Somefoodforthought

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Student Diversity
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Intro Some food for thought… On average, in the American classroom 50% of students are boys, 50% are girls 40% are in Free or Reduced Lunch  Programs 20% are English language learners 13% are in Special Education Programs Center on Education Statistics, 2006)
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An Important disclaimer Whenever we talk about groups, we are making  broad generalizations. We have to realize that the  there is often times more diversity within groups  than between groups Whose cultural experiences are more likely to be  similar? Desiree-   Black, from a small town in south Louisiana. Creole  descent, middle class background Lacey-   White, from small town in South Louisiana. Cajun  descent, middle class background Tale-  Black,  a second generation American whose parents are  from South Africa. Lives in Newark, NJ.  Lower class  background Avoid  stereotypes : rigid, overly simplistic and  inaccurate representation of a group of individuals
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Student Diversity Culture – the shared language, attitudes, ways of  behaving, and other aspects of life that  characterize a group of people An individual’s cultural background includes: The  Individual
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Intersectionality Interaction between different cultural categories Ethnicity interacting with gender . Ex:  how genders dress, gender roles,  rules/guidelines and expectations for behavior  of men/women, expectations are different for  men and women.  Gender interacting with sexual  orientation and religiosity  Argues that cultural factors are not independent  from one another What combination of cultural factors place  individuals at advantage or disadvantage
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Socioeconomic Status (SES) SES – an individual’s income, occupation,  education, and prestige in society Six groups (2008 data) :  - upper class – 5%  ($150,000 +) - upper middle class –15% ($100,000-150,000) - lower middle class – 33% ($30,000-100,000) - working class – 30% ($16,000-30,000) -  lower class- 14% (<$16,000) - poor– 1% (Chronically unemployed or on welfare)
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SES – The 800 Pound Gorilla Children from lower class families are less likely  to have access to health care and suffer from  diseases  Factors can lead to delays in cognitive development,  which affects school readiness. Middle class parents are more likely to: express high expectations for their children and to  reward them for intellectual development  talk and read to their children frequently, provide  learning materials at home,  expose their children to learning experiences outside  the home,
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Ch4 PSYC 2060 - StudentDiversity Intro Somefoodforthought

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