ERIC Number: ED384723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Reflecting Equity and Diversity. Part I: Guidelines and Procedure for Evaluating Bias in Instructional Materials. Part II: Bias Awareness Training Worksheets. Part III: Bias Awareness and Procedure Training Course.
Bebermeyer, Jim; Edmond, Mary, Ed.
Reflecting a need to prepare students for working in diverse organizations, this document was developed to increase school officials' awareness of bias in instructional materials and help them select bias-free materials. A number of the examples illustrate situations dealing with diversity in the workplace. The guide is divided into three parts: guidelines and procedure for evaluating bias in instructional materials, bias awareness training worksheets, and bias awareness and procedure training course. Part 1 defines bias, explains why bias-free instructional materials are critical, and discusses dimensions of bias that must be considered. Presented next is a four-step bias review procedure that entails selecting appropriate materials, reviewing their quality, deciding whether they contain biases, and implementing the bias review decision. Examples of biasing elements and a bias review checklist are included. Part 2 contains a 23-item bibliography and sections about the following types of bias: gender bias; racial/ethnic bias; bias against physical, mental, or emotional disabilities; and socioeconomic bias. Included in each section are an overview of the bias, a list of slurs reflective of the particular bias, and training worksheets consisting of questions to help identify bias in materials. Part 3 is a training package consisting of trainer directions, handouts, and transparency masters for a 3- to 6-hour course preparing reviewers to use the bias review procedure and evaluation guidelines. (MN)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Consciousness Raising, Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Evaluation Methods, Inservice Education, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Sex Fairness, Social Bias, Vocational Education
Michigan Center for Career and Technical Education, Michigan State University, 230 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Office of Career and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Reflections Unlimited, Grand Rapids, MI.