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This symposium draws together researchers focusing on the way that diversity is understood and accepted or rejected across the population and across the lifespan. The first paper shows that lay understanding of equality across groups does not fit a rational pattern. The second paper considers how multigroup diversity can promote greater psychological tolerance toward particular groups. The third paper examines how diversity can be promoted within schools to equip children to open their perspectives to include a wider range of groups. The fourth paper examines how collaborative learning tasks may affect not just attitudes but actual intergroup friendships across ethnic divides. The final paper considers how stereotypic assumptions thwart age diversity, particularly in terms of employer's hiring practices towards those who they expect to be younger or older. Taken together the symposium draws on developmental, social, organisational and gerontological psychology to provide an overarching perspective on psychological responses to diversity.
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