ERIC Number: EJ1077984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reclaiming Race as a Topic of the U.S. Biology Textbook Curriculum
Donovan, Brian M.
Science Education, v99 n6 p1092-1117 Nov 2015
Even though human racial difference has been a longstanding topic of the school biology curriculum, there is little evidence that contemporary biology textbooks challenge stereotypical racial beliefs that are based in biological thinking. Rather, the modern biology curriculum may be a place where such beliefs about race are perpetuated unwittingly. Drawing upon a theoretical framework of racial conceptualization based in psychological essentialism, this paper argues that biology textbook curricula ought to directly challenge problematic and unscientific racial beliefs to increase understanding of human genetic variation and decrease racial beliefs associated with prejudice.
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Textbooks, Textbook Content, Racial Differences, Race, Science Curriculum, Ethnic Stereotypes, Social Bias, Psychology, Social Justice, Genetics
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