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One of our responsibilities as CTE professionals is to improve student enrollment in and completion of nontraditional courses. A major barrier we face in this efforts is encouraging students to step up to the challenge of changing their way of thinking about a stereotypical role – to take the risk of being different. The challenge of changing our way of thinking about stereotypical roles requires us to reflect on our values and beliefs about our world. We tend to stereotype situations based on the biases created by these values and beliefs. Identifying and understanding our biases is an important first step toward changing our attitudes and behaviors; changing how we stereotype our world. These stereotypes determine how we respond to situations. The power of negative stereotypes is believed to impact individuals’ performance and choices. The focus of this presentation is to begin to demonstrate how the roles of gender and race impact the choices and performance of our students.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-11-30.