This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.
Chapter 3: Perspectives on Individual Change and Development
Perspectives on Individual Change and Development
Education, especially social justice education, is about change. The hope is to transform or broaden attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. We may use a variety of strategies: cognitive strategies that offer new information or analyses, behavioral strategies that foster interpersonal contact or participation in new experiences, or emotional strategies that encourage empathy and personal insight. However, an educator cannot make someone change. Rather, we can provide the context, content, and process that allow an individual to grow.
There are many things that affect whether there will be shifts in someone's views or actions, including one's psychological state, personality structure, previous experiences, moment in one's life, and relationship with the educator and colleagues or classmates. These all ...