ERIC Number: ED347618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Selecting Fair and Equitable Learning Materials.
Saskatchewan Dept. of Education, Regina.
The media selection guidelines in this booklet have been developed to further emphasize fairness and respect for all individuals in Saskatchewan (Canada) schools. The six forms of bias that may appear in learning materials include: (1) invisibility--underrepresenting certain groups; (2) stereotyping--assigning rigid roles or attributes to a group; (3) imbalance/selectivity--presenting only one interpretation of an issue, situation, or group of people; (4) unreality--portraying contemporary and historical life experiences unrealistically; (5) fragmentation/isolation--separating issues related to certain groups from the main body of the text; and (6) linguistic bias--using language that fails to represent both genders or that patronizes older persons or people with disabilities. After discussing the importance of adopting a selection policy and using historically biased classics to help students develop critical thinking skills, the booklet raises several questions specific to portrayal of women and men, people from various cultures, people with disabilities, and older people. An annotated list of four reviewing aids is included, along with ordering information. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Dept. of Education, Regina.