“What Is My Bias?”

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Teaching students to recognize their own biases is an essential step in the pro­cess of helping them become savvy consumers of information. When our students ask for help finding a source that is “unbiased,” that’s our cue to help them explore what bias is—an important step towards becoming more aware of inherent biases in their own research and writing. When students recognize the influences that help shape their own perspectives, they become stronger critical thinkers, better prepared to discover new intellectual possibilities.

In her recent free webinar with Peter D. Adams of the News Literacy Project, School Library Connection’s Information Literacy editor, Jacquelyn Whiting, shared a simple yet highly effective exercise scaffolded to help students begin understanding their own biases on a topic and how ­those biases ­can influence how they how they read, write, and conduct research, even down to their keyword choices when looking for online source material.

Read more about leading this exercise with your students, then access the worksheet here!

These resources are brought to you by News-Smart Students with ABC-CLIO, a partnership with the News Literacy Project. The program is free, but space is limited—reserve your spot today to unlock our full catalog of participant benefits, including:

  • Exclusive webinars with giveaways for attendees
  • Instructional resources in partnership with the News Literacy Project
  • Access to the ABC-CLIO American Government & Issues Databases
  • For school librarian participants, complimentary access through February 2021 to School Library Connection’s online professional learning platform

And much more!