Countering stereotypes

Vijay, Dominic (2011) Countering stereotypes. Learning Curve (17). pp. 42-43.

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A woman achieving high in a sport that requires physical strength, or a man winning in an aesthetic sport, very often come as a surprise. We also differentiate between sporting abilities on the basis of region. For example, an individual of north eastern origin is most often picked for a football team even if his interests lie in another sport. Similarly, a short person is very unlikely to be picked for a basketball team. But it is important to note that while some stereotypes have credibility, others don’t. A tall person might play better basketball but we cannot and should not discount the possibility of excellent display skills by a short player. If the process of elimination, during the formation of a team or while playing, is stereotypical some talented and skilled players lose out on the opportunity to achieve.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Vijay, Dominic
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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