The learner will explore aspects of personal identity and culture by creating an identity poem, conducting an eco-systems analysis of forces of socialization that shape us, and reading/responding/reflecting on related themes in preparation for developing their personal autobiography [written & artifact].
This Identify & Culture module is comprised of three activities that culminate in a personal autobiography assignment. Please work through each section sequentially.
ECO-SYSTEMS INDIVIDUAL CONTEXT ANALYSIS
Using an ecological framework provides insights into how the social contexts within which we are embedded influence our development. We start this module by conducting a personal analysis of our identity and social development through the lenses of Bronfenbrenner's model. To be submitted.ACTIVITY GUIDELINE - Due March 12 SUBMIT HERE
WHERE I'M FROM
This is a creative writing activity from Rethinking Schools that can easily be done with your students. The key is not to over think this. There is no right or wrong, this is just an exercise to get you thinking about your personal culture and can be done in your journal. To be submitted.
ACTIVITY GUIDELINE - Will work on in class 3/12 POST TO PERSONAL BLOG
UNDERSTANDING CULTURE, SOCIALIZATION & IDENTITY
Sensory & DiAngelo (2012) state that in order to critically reflect on the forces of socialization that shape us, we must first understand the role of broader society. In this section we look at culture, socialization, and some cultural factors to gain insights into our personal identity and culture. Notes from the activities should be organized and kept in your journal. Do NOT submit.ACTIVITY GUIDELINE - Work on independently
CULMINATING PERSONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY ASSIGNMENT
Now that you have worked through these activities, you should feel fully prepared to complete your personal autobiography. There is a written component and artifact component that you will share with your peers in class. Paper to be submitted/Artifact shared in class.ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINE - Due April 5 SUBMIT HERE
SOME KEY TERMS
Culture: the norms, values, practices, patterns of communication, language, laws, customs, and meanings shared by a group of people located in a given time and space.
Frames of Reference: understanding the big picture [macro] cultural norms and social groups we are born into, as well as the lenses, or individual [micro] perspective of who we are based on our unique experiences.
Social Identity: a person's sense of self based on the group they belong to.
Looking Glass Self: considering how we come to identify or know who we are through the process of what others reflect back to us. our imagined personal identification vs how we imagine we are identified by others.
Personal Culture: an analysis of personal culture in terms of the learner's educational profile.
Race: socially constructed system of classifying humans based on phenotypical characteristics [skin colour, hair texture, bone structure].
Ethnicity: people bound by a common language, culture, spiritual traditions, and/or ancestry.
Dominant Group[s]:the group[s] at the top of the social hierarchy. In any relationship between groups that define on another [men/women, able-bodied/disabled, young/old], the dominant group is the group that is valued more highly. Dominant groups set the norms by which the minoritized group is judged. Dominant groups have greater access to the resources of society and benefit from the existence of the inequality.
Christensen, Linda. Where I'm from: Inviting student lives into the classroom. Rethinking Schools Winter 1997/1998 pp. 22-23. http://www.lehman.cuny.edu/deanedu/litstudies/techprojects/panyc
Sensoy & DiAngelo (2012). Are we really equal. Chapter 2. Socialization
Social Identity http://www.simplypsychology.org/social-identity-theory.html
Boundless. “Cooley.” Boundless Sociology. Boundless, 14 Nov. 2014. Retrieved 21 Feb. 2015 fromhttps://www.boundless.com/sociology/textbooks/boundless-sociology-textbook/culture-and-socialization-3/theories-of-socialization-36/cooley-223-8258/
Mead vs. Cooley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A2GIct0UnQ
Looking Glass Self https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCxe9HbfJcM
Cooley Model explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe2ryf0Oosc