AbstractThis in-class activity is designed to illustrate the conflict perspective and to further a student’s understanding of how the education system perpetuates economic, gender and social class inequalities. In this activity, students take on the role of a college admissions committee member and assess potential candidates for admission in small groups. As...
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Usage NotesSet-up: Before class, create the update slides and print off the sheet "Fake College Admissions Committee Handout" for each student.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students will engage with the conflict perspective and understand its application to the institution of education.
- Students will learn about the education system and its intersections with other major areas of sociology: gender, race and social class.
- Students will understand the social implications of inequality in the education system.
- By working in small groups to select candidates for admission, students will understand the pressures within the educational system that often lead to increased inequality.
- Through in-class voting and discussion, students will hear and debate other opinions about how applicants’ race, class, and gender affected their admission choices.
- By examining each applicant’s outcome, students will recognize how their admissions choices furthered inequality within the education system.