Analysing Bias/Stereotype

Analysing bias and stereotype is a process that examines beliefs about inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, points of view or perceptions, and any number of physical or mental attributes of individuals. It allows students to examine their own personal prejudices as well as systemic discrimination and to understand how social, political, economic, organizational, and cultural structures in society contribute to these perceptions. Students learn the skills to make critical assessments of their reading, listening, and viewing in order to be aware of biases and stereotypes reflected therein. Students consider how the variety of motivations, controls, and constraints related to media directly influence our perceptions and views.

The teacher:
  • provides a safe and secure classroom environment that allows for open discussion on issues of bias and stereotyping;
  • invites students to share concerns, analyse situations, and explore strategies such as role playing to change behaviour and thinking;
  • provides opportunities (for instance, guest speakers) for informed discussion;
  • provides opportunities to recognize and celebrate cultural similarities and differences;
  • provides resources that can illustrate issues concerning bias and stereotyping.

Analysing bias/stereotypes:
  • requires a safe and secure classroom and school environment;
  • requires broad exposure to create awareness about the many types of bias and stereotypes that students may encounter in their daily lives.

Illustrations from the Mathematics Classroom

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