Stereotypes conversation questions

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These are conversation questions about stereotypes.


  • Think of some countries. What are the national stereotypes for these countries?
    • What about your own country?
  • Think of some jobs. What are the stereotypes surrounding those jobs?
  • Think of some different groups in society (e.g. old people, children, middle-aged men, teenagers, gay people). What are the stereotypes about people who belong to those groups?
  • Which stereotypes are positive, negative or neutral?
  • Which stereotypes are offensive?
  • Why do people have stereotypes?
    • Are stereotypes potentially useful? How?
  • How do stereotypes lead to prejudice? How can we stop stereotypes leading to prejudice?