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Examples Of Test Bias And Mild Disabilities

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Cody Burdett
Course EDUC 715A
Assignment #4
Test Bias and Mild Disabilities

After taking the bias test, I received a score of 10 out of 12. This means I guessed right quite a bit because I didn’t know very many answers. This was a decent score but I reviewed the test answers and found that I may probably only know the answer, for sure, for about half of the questions. So in a perfect world, I could have maybe received a score of 50%.

If I had grown up on the streets where there were alleys, I probably could have told you that an alley apple was a brink. Or if I lived around more African Americans, I would have known what their national anthem was. But unfortunately I didn’t. My limited exposure to different cultures in the world, has limited my knowledge. If I was given a study guide or perhaps an assignment, maybe I am would score would have been better. But the only better way is to live around those cultures and learn their particular lingo.

This test is a great example of cultural bias. Cultural bias in teaching occurs when classroom instruction largely reflect the teachers cultural values and perspectives. Leading to a situation in which the students in the predominate culture group perform better than other culture groups in the class. In the United States, the culture that is predominating is the White European American group. Most textbook and standardizes test were created by White European Americans. The problem is our classrooms are composed of not only the dominate culture but also many other cultures. We as teachers need to make an effort to teach and test in such a way as to be inclusive to all cultures represented in our classrooms.

What someone things is weird or out of this world, is absolutely no...

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...successful interactions between student with disabilities and their classmates because these interactions do not happen naturally. Students with disabilities need to engage socially with their classmates. The more interaction the general class has with these students the more comfortable they will be.

A good way to do this is to develop cooperative tasks between students with disabilities and other students. Develop activities that the student with disabilities can be successful in which will result in everyone involved have a much more positive attitude.

Students with disabilities are not the only students who can benefit from creative tasks, projects, and assessments. A positive and caring approach to dealing with all student regardless of culture, disability or any other thing that make then different from the norm is key to the success of all concerned.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that they received a score of 10 out of 12 on the bias test. they reviewed the test answers and found they only knew the answer for about half of the questions.
  • Opines that their limited exposure to different cultures in the world, has limited their knowledge. the only better way is to live around those cultures and learn their lingo.
  • Argues that cultural bias in teaching occurs when classroom instruction largely reflect the teachers cultural values and perspectives, leading to a situation in which the students in the predominate culture group perform better than other cultures.
  • Explains that cultural bias is making a predetermined judgment of someone's culture.
  • Explains that cultural bias is a term commonly applied to things such as standardized tests. it means anything that gives an advantage to one culture over another culture.
  • Advises teachers to recognize cultural biases in their own thinking and be sensitive to students expressing their culture. use gender or race neutral language when teaching and avoid idioms.
  • Advises students to treat each student with respect and appreciate them for who they are not for what part of the world or country they come from. do not assume that students will perform better or worse just because they're from a certain culture.
  • Opines that teachers need to have a caring attitude in the classroom. they should reach out to all students regardless of their ethnicity.
  • Opines that a teacher's bias can also come from students being different. they have had instinces when they just based on how they dressed or looked.
  • Explains that many teachers have a negative attitude toward students with disabilities for many reasons. they may be concerned that this student may take addition time and take away from the rest of the class.
  • Opines that teachers should overcome their negative attitude and reeducate themselves for the health and welfare of students with disabilities.
  • Explains that students with disabilities can feel negative attitudes and internalize these feeling. negative attitudes can negatively affect a student's behavior, education, and social relationships.
  • Opines that teachers need to recognize their bias in their own thinking and be sensitive to students with disabilities.
  • Explains that a teacher can provide successful interactions between students with disabilities and their classmates because these interactions do not happen naturally. the more interaction the general class has with these students, the more comfortable they will be.
  • Recommends developing cooperative tasks between students with disabilities and other students, which will result in everyone involved having a positive attitude.
  • Opines that a positive and caring approach to dealing with all students regardless of culture, disability or any other thing that makes them different from the norm is key to the success of all concerned.
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