Posted 16 January 2004 - 08:06 PM
Posted 16 January 2004 - 08:39 PM
If I am trying to get across the idea of bias in terms of points of view, I usually explain it as a football match (Man Utd v someone else). I then go through how what I'd be saying at the end of the game if we won (we're the best, etc etc), and then compare it to what I'd say if we lost (bad ref, dodgy ball/pitch etc). That sometimes helps.
In terms of analysis, I always tell my pupils that a good historian sits on the fence, or is the middle bit of a see-saw keeping it balanced. My newly acquired year 8s understand this perfectly but my year 11s still struggle - maybe it's an age thing?
Hope that helps (maybe?)
Posted 16 January 2004 - 11:31 PM
I found that lots of concentrated emphasis on the provenance of a source tends to be helpful. I don't think that it is necessarily an age thing at all. Much will depend on whether those AS students of yours have been exposed to an examination of provenance at any meaninful level in the past.
The all-boys I used to teach found this all pretty easy to understand because (i) I was 'old' (ii) I was female and (iii) I didn't belong to the same religious denomination as them. So I often would highlight the fact that my view was coloured by my age/generation or gender or religious conviction and showed them how to spot when my apparently 'unbiased' words were in fact very loaded.
They enjoyed spotting when I was deliberately leading them 'up a gum tree'. Might you be able to approach things in this way as well? It worked well for me and they got pretty good at spotting my 'liberal bias' and enjoyed trying to 'gut' me.
Posted 17 January 2004 - 10:40 AM
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Posted 17 January 2004 - 12:27 PM
Posted 17 January 2004 - 10:39 PM
\Un*bi"ased\, a. [Pref. un- + biased.] Free from bias or prejudice; unprejudiced; impartial
\Un*bi"as\, v. t. [1st pref. un- + bias.] To free from bias or prejudice. --Swift.
Bias \Bi"as\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Biased (b[imac]"ast); p. pr. & vb. n. Biasing.] To incline to one side; to give a particular direction to; to influence; to prejudice; to prepossess.
Me it had not biased in the one direction, nor should it have biased any just critic in the counter direction. --De Quincey.
A line going diagonally across the grain of fabric: Cut the cloth on the bias.
A preference or an inclination, especially one that inhibits impartial judgment.
An unfair act or policy stemming from prejudice.
A statistical sampling or testing error caused by systematically favoring some outcomes over others.
A weight or irregularity in a ball that causes it to swerve, as in lawn bowling.
The tendency of such a ball to swerve.
The fixed voltage applied to an electrode.
Posted 26 January 2004 - 05:29 PM
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