Educational Contexts and Intergroup Communication

Authored by: Jon F. Nussbaum , Alysa Lucas , Tara McManus

The Handbook of Intergroup Communication

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415889643
eBook ISBN: 9780203148624
Adobe ISBN: 9781136513619

10.4324/9780203148624.ch23

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Abstract

All technologically advanced countries require some form of formal education for their citizens, which typically extends from early childhood to late adolescence. In adulthood, individuals may choose to extend their formal education by attending institutions of higher education and possibly elder hostel learning centers. The formal structure of education meant to enhance learning also has produced a fertile foundation with which to incubate, reinforce, and legitimize intergroup identities and distinctions. Throughout the educational system, students and teachers navigate a complex world that categorizes and classifies individuals into groups based upon cognitive, physical, societal, and even cultural identities.

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