Social Cohesion & Integration:

Textbooks and Educational Materials

Under this theme, the discussion will seek to consider the steps taken to revise the existing textbooks and introduce new texts designed to enhance the UNSDG – 4 agenda and Global Citizenship.  The discussants will seek to identify the impact of divisive stereotypes in educational materials and how do we study them? How do divisive stereotypes relate to prejudice, discrimination, and mental health?  The discussion will focus on how to improve our understanding of divisive stereotypes, put forth meaningful and operationalization concepts, advance a set of criteria and tools for their identification and measurement, and help understand their extent. How do students (particularly at a young age) interpret divisive stereotypes in educational texts or how stereotypes are forced around marginalized groups? How divisive stereotypes can be identified in the brain; the impact of priming, framing, or representativeness on stereotyping; or how changes to textbook language and imagery might impact feelings of prejudice?  In addition, panelists will consider the task of reducing divisive stereotypes in textbooks in the context of the Istanbul Process and the wider SDG agenda.

This theme also strives to improve our understanding of the relationship between divisive stereotypes and conflict or violence and should seek to unpack the process that links divisive stereotypes and conflict behaviors.

Keywords: divisive stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, mind, and brain, conflict behaviors, behavioral links, mental health, definitions, conceptualization, measurement, methodologies, SDG4