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The Diversity Education Dilemma: Exposing Status Hierarchies Without Reinforcing Them

The Diversity Education Dilemma: Exposing Status Hierarchies Without Reinforcing Them

dc.contributor.author Amoroso, Lisa M.
dc.contributor.author Lewin Loyd, Denise (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
dc.contributor.author Hoobler, Jenny M. (University of Illinois at Chicago)
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-14T16:27:16Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-14T16:27:16Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other TLS en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10969/1068
dc.description.abstract A diversity education dilemma occurs when exposure to information concerning status hierarchies, related to demographic and other socially salient identity groups, reinforces those hierarchies in the classroom. Discussions of diversity-related issues in a variety of management courses (e.g., immigrant issues in labor relations, the composition of executive leadership teams in strategy, workplace compliance issues in human resource management) may highlight or draw attention to status differences as individuals identify with—and are identified by others as belonging to—higher or lower status groups (e.g., based on race/ethnicity, gender, or physical disability). As a consequence, the “real world” status hierarchy is strengthened within the classroom with negative consequences for student learning. This study uses status characteristics theory to provide a framework for understanding ways in which one’s best-intended practices may be undermining student learning. The authors also propose a series of practical ways that instructors can mitigate the status hierarchy to create a more equitable learning environment while simultaneously tackling issues related to diversity. en_US
dc.subject.other diversity en_US
dc.subject.other management education en_US
dc.subject.other social status en_US
dc.subject.other status characteristics theory en_US
dc.subject.other social identity theory en_US
dc.subject.other classroom dynamics en_US
dc.subject.other learning en_US
dc.title The Diversity Education Dilemma: Exposing Status Hierarchies Without Reinforcing Them en_US
dc.description.version Article originally published in Journal of Management Education 34(6), 2010, p. 795-822. DOI: 10.1177/1052562909348209 en_US

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