Friday, June 14, 2013

Report on Implicit Racial Bias

A rich scholarship on implicit bias is constantly expanding, but most of what I have read in the past proceeds at a general level or focuses on contexts other than education, such as policing, employment, juries, etc.  I am glad to see that the Kirwan Institute's new report, State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review 2013, includes an entire chapter devoted to implicit bias in education.  The chapter begins:

Implicit bias can permeate educational settings in several forms, all of which can yield disadvantageous consequences for students of color.  Teacher expectations of student achievement, teacher perceptions of students behavior, and students' self-perceptions are three key themes highlighted in the literature.

In other words, the reports indicates that implicit bias plays a role in the black-white achievement gap, the disproportionate disicpline of minority students and the "school to prison pipeline," and students aspirations. 



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