Prejudice Reduction Strategies

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‘Prejudice Reduction Strategies’ is a teaching resource that identifies stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination, where they arise from and how to recognise and respond to these types of behaviours and comments in a constructive way. The resource ties into the Scottish National 5 Psychology curriculum and focuses on the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Be able to recognise a prejudiced comment
  • Ability to respond to prejudiced comment in a constructive way
  • Know several effective prejudice reducing strategies
  • Understand the basics of contact theory
  • Understand the bystander effect and its underlying factors
  • Understand cognitive dissonance


Provided as a .zip file, the resource includes detailed Practitioner Notes, a PowerPoint presentation, and an activity on ‘Practicing Prejudice Reduction’.

Bonus material includes short biographies of the two co-authors and details of their academic involvement in psychology.

Keywords: Psychology, Prejudice, Stereotypes, Discrimination, Contact Theory, Bystander Effect, Cognitive Dissonance, Activity, Open.Ed, Prejudice Reduction


Created as part of the School of Geosciences’ Outreach Programme, which allows students in their final year to work in partnership with a local school to develop a set of lesson plans.

The authors also created two other psychology resources aimed at National 5 students:

Introduction to the Brain

Attention and Advertising Tactics

The resource is provided on a CC BY 4.0 licence and has been uploaded to TES Connect which hosts a range of lesson materials for early years, primary, secondary, and special needs teaching.


Go to ”Prejudice Reduction Strategies’ Psychology Resource’ on TES Connect

Learn more about the GeoScience Outreach & Engagement Course


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