Research on Discrimination :: Bias Literacy
Many people do not believe that there is discrimination against women, especially among academics and in the sciences, where professionals think they are objective and smart. "The playing field is level in my field." They have personal explanations for the fact that there are few women or minorities in their field and in faculty or leadership positions. "They don't want to." "Their brains are different."
These personal explanations are often assumptions based in unquestioned traditions. Unless people study social science research on gender and racial difference, they tend to hold the same views they learned as children. Childhood thinking, family cultures, and early schooling take on an inertia. Unless people continuously challenge their thinking and read new information, they think and act the usual ways.
Here is a chapter on discrimination. It affects all of our lives, globally, every day. Here are some basic points -- the language and ideas from social science research.
Bias Literacy: A review of concepts in research on discrimination offers a quick digest of the evidence for discrimination, especially with reference to women in science and engineering.
Authored by Ruta Sevo and Daryl Chubin, the paper may be copied and distributed with attribution. Please pass it on to others.
NOW PUBLISHED IN A REFERENCE BOOK
Sevo, Ruta & Daryl E. Chubin (2010). Bias literacy: A review of concepts in research on gender discrimination and the U.S. context. In A. Cater-Steel & E. Cater (Eds.), Women in engineering, science and technology: education and career challenges (pp. 21-49). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
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