2021 journal article

Cycles of development in learning about identities, diversity, and equity.

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

By: C. Byrd*‚ÄČ

author keywords: social justice education; diversity education; cultural competence; critical consciousness; activism development
MeSH headings : Humans; Consciousness; Cultural Competency; Learning; Motivation; Social Identification
Source: Crossref
Added: October 28, 2021

Many scholars and educators have written about how to approach teaching about social identities, diversity, and societal inequity in classrooms and beyond. The current article adds to this literature by considering the developmental trajectories of individuals as they engage in learning opportunities about identities, diversity, and equity.This article details the specific aspects of knowledge that are essential to develop cultural competence and critical consciousness as well as a sequence in which they should be acquired.Previous models emphasize progressive movement toward more advanced levels, but this article explains how motivation can explain movement and stalling in development. Furthermore, it analyzes the cognitive and motivational antecedents of resistance to diversity learning opportunities. The article concludes with implications for teaching and future directions for research. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved).