Essay about Language and the Development of Children's Ethnic Prejudice

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Language and the Development of Children's Ethnic Prejudice

The article Language and the Development of Children's Ethnic Prejudice written by Drew Nesdale of Griffith University discusses a study of children's ethnic prejudice and whether this is developed as a result of interaction with their parents and peers. The article is extremely relevant to the area of teaching, as it explores children's early language development and how it is greatly affected by the people who influence their lives, i.e. parents and peers.

The title of the article is easily understandable, and reflects the main focus of the text. The abstract is also very effective, clearly outlining the purpose of the study and
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The hypothesis of the study is clearly stated in the introduction ("to consider whether the study of children's language serves to illuminate our understanding of the nature of the development of children's ethnic prejudice"), and is a logical derivative of the studies on which the article is based.

The method for selecting the children for the various studies are not outlined in the article, but it is implied that a random selection of children of varying ages, sexes and races (a selection of white and black children) have been chosen. There is no bias evident in the selection of the children, but as the selection process is not clearly outlined, it is difficult to accurately assess bias. Researchers did not conduct the studies using an experimental group and a control group, as the study used mainly an interview-style method of collecting information from each subject. The methods used to conduct the various studies are not extensively discussed in the article, Nesdale preferring to focus the article on the implications of the information collected rather than the collection of this data.

In order to conduct the various studies outlined in the article, various methods were used to collect information from the subjects. Primarily interview-style methods were used to analyse the

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