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Teaching Microaggressions in the Classroom: A Multimedia and Popular Education Approach
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Offenses against the person
popular education

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Gilbertson, Tamra. 2015. “Teaching Microaggressions in the Classroom: A Multimedia and Popular Education Approach”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, December. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This class lecture and assignment aims to teach students how to recognize and cope with microaggressions. Microaggressions are offensive comments or actions directed at minority and other non-dominant groups that are intentional or unintentional and reinforce a stereotype. Research has shown how microaggressive behaviors can have real and lasting...

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Subject Area(s):
Race, Class and Gender
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):

Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. The lecture and small group discussions aid students' understandingof microaggressions while encouraging empowerment and self-reflection
  2. Forum theater and/or short film assignment aims to build group dynamics, further multimedia skills (in the case of creating a short film) and provide opportunity for self expression.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. The small group discussions will yield a list of microaggressions from each group
  2. Essays from reading assignments may be collected as homework
  3. Ability to apply sociological understanding of inequalities in the quality and depth of the short films and/or Forum theater.

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