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Psicologia: teoria e prática

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PRETTE, Zilda Aparecida Pereira Del et al. Tolerance and respect for differences: the effects of an educational activity at school. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2012, vol.14, n.1, pp. 168-182. ISSN 1516-3687.

A study of an experimental intervention that evaluated the impact of an educational activity in schools to promote tolerance and respect for each ones differences is reported. A total of 300 children participated, divided into three groups: one control (without intervention), and two experimental ones (drama and audiovisual presentation of a children's story), these later focusing on the theme of preference for soccer teams. The intervention was assessed before and after, with a semantic differential scale range in which children attributed positive and negative adjectives to their own team as well as the opposing team. The results showed that: a more favorable evaluation of one's own teem maintained during the two specific moments and the initially more unfavorable assessment towards the opposing team, improved significantly after the intervention. The implications of the results are discussed in relation to the school social function of improving students' social-emotional development as well as the importance of evaluating pedagogical alternatives addressing this objective. Some limitations regarding this study and also research referrals are presented.

Keywords : tolerance; diversity; organized supporters; elementary school; soccer.

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