Category: Literature

Application: Reflective Journal

Ramsey states, “Socioeconomic status is ‘an encompassing structure•it relates to virtually every aspect of human psychological development and across a considerable period of time'” (as cited in Gottfried, Gottfried, Bathurst, Guerin, & Parramore, 2003, p. 204)

There is no doubt that race and socioeconomic status are complicated and far-reaching forces in all of our lives, including the lives of young children. For this Application Assignment, you will have an opportunity to consider your own relationship with each of these important areas of diversity by continuing to write in your Reflective Journal.

Part 1:

  • For the first portion of your journal entry this week, read over the responses you wrote in Week 1 to the question: Who Am I? Then add at least three additional responses to this question in relation to your knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about race, racial groups, and/or socioeconomic class.

Part 2:

Assignment length: 2–3 pages

ourse TextRamsey, P.  G. (2015). Teaching and learning in a diverse world: Multicultural education for young children (4th ed.). New York: Teachers College Press.

  • Chapter 4, “The Context of Race”  (pp. 65-79, up to “Learning and Challenging What Children Know, Think, and Feel about Race”
  • Chapter 5, The Context of Economic Class and Consumerism” (pp. 84-102, up to “Learning and Challenging What Children Know, Think, and Feel about Social Class and Consumerism”)



  • Web Article: Hidden Bias: A Primer About Stereotypes and Prejudices
  • Note: This article connects you with the “Race Test” and the “Gender Test” you took last week. This week, click on and read about the four topics listed on the left-hand side of the page:

    • About Stereotypes and Prejudices
    • About Hidden Bias
    • The Effects of Prejudice and Stereotypes
    • What You Can Do About Unconscious Stereotypes and Prejudices


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