Research Spotlight (July 2019)

A recent article in the online journal Edutopia describes a research study from Northwestern University designed to examine bias among 4-year-olds as it relates to both race and gender. Previous research has established that young children demonstrate bias in terms of race and in terms of gender. But this study sought to determine how bias played out in this age group when target images differed in both race and gender. Although the study was conducted with Black and White children, researchers found that a majority of the children showed a “strong and consistent pro-White bias”, with Black boys receiving the most negative reactions. The article, Bias Starts as Early as Preschool, but Can be Unlearned, provides educators with four classroom strategies that can be implemented to make a positive impact on reversing the racial and gender biases that this study brings to light.

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