An Introduction to Gordon Allport’s The Nature of Prejudice

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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • 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
Classroom Considerations

  • 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

  • None