According to Gordon Allport, stereotypes are ingrained in the human brain as a way to reach quick conclusions. His 1979 text The Nature of Prejudice explains that people fill in the gaps of their knowledge with the clues around them, making a full — but typically inaccurate — picture. High schoolers watch a short video that illustrates Allport's point with an applicable example.
- Include in a discussion about prejudice in a psychology or teen issues class
- Encourage learners to conduct further research on Allport's work and to present their findings to the class
- Have groups collaborate to create skits that demonstrate the ways prejudice can lead to the wrong conclusions
- The full analysis is available at the publisher's website
- Check the comment section to be sure comments are appropriate for class
- Illustrative and explanatory
- Addresses the connection between racism and stereotypes