Automatic assumptions

Posted: November 14, 2010 by Jender in implicit bias

I am a feminist who teaches, amongst other things, feminist philosophy. I know my way round the literature on implicit bias, stereotype threat, the importance of mentoring women, and so on. I recently marked a small batch of test papers on critical thinking. I know the students, but I didn’t know whose test papers I was marking, since they were submitted anonymously (in line with our departmental policy). After marking them, I matched student id numbers to names and discovered with horror, but not much surprise, that I had automatically assumed the top scores had been obtained by the men in the group. (They hadn’t.)

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