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ERIC Number: EJ1086492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Understanding Implicit Bias: What Educators Should Know
Staats, Cheryl
American Educator, v39 n4 p29-33, 43 Win 2015-2016
The desire to ensure the best for children is precisely why educators should become aware of the concept of implicit bias: the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Operating outside of our conscious awareness, implicit biases are pervasive, and they can challenge even the most well-intentioned and egalitarian-minded individuals, resulting in actions and outcomes that do not necessarily align with explicit intentions. This article aims to shed light on the dynamics of implicit bias with an eye toward educators. After introducing the concept and the science undergirding implicit bias, the author focuses on the implications for educators and suggests ways they can mitigate its effects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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