Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Discrimination Training

In comparison with the readings assigned for today on employment discrimination being based on unconscious individual cognition, I came across some intriguing information at the Education Resources Information Center website (http://www.eric.ed.gov/).

The e-reserves reading described several examples acknowleding situations where people made decisions about customers or other people unconsciously based on race, gender, or physical attributes. The ERIC website discussed how Professor David Warner is doing research to combat this negative form of discrimination with future teachers. He is doing a study that does cognitive discrimination training to develop classroom knowledge. The research suggests that teacher behavior is a by-product of information processing strategies, which enable teachers to read the classroom environment. He suggests that preservice teachers can learn through cognitive discrimination training to approach the classroom as an experienced teacher would.

Do you think this is a viable solution that universities could implement not only in the school of education, but also in other areas of education?

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