Appendix 15 Bias

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Appendix 15: Bias


Bias, Possible Definition:


Bias is a term used to describe a tendency or preference towards a particular perspective, ideology or result, when the tendency interferes with the ability to be impartial, unprejudiced, or objective.

Have students think of examples from their lives of these types of bias, or others, and to consider the effects.


Religious bias- favoring one religion over another


Personal bias- favoring oneself, or that of your friends


Political bias- favoring one's own political party or beliefs



Media bias- real or perceived bias of journalists. Reasons for this type of bias may be due to owners of the station, or the journalists'



Personal bias - Effects are seen in the style of reporting, or what gets reported at all.


Cultural bias- favoring one culture over another, or interpreting or defining phenomena in terms particular to one culture.


Corporate bias- favoring the interests of a corporations, as opposed to an individual


Gender bias- Favoring one sex over another, or claiming superiority in some way. Sexism, homophobia.


Scientific bias- Favoring scientific method, or ways of explanation, though for emotional (not scientific) reasons.



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