Bias in early childhood education occurs when adults or children believe and act on the idea that those of a different gender, socioeconomic status, religion, race, ethnicity, or other intrinsic characteristic is beneath them. Individuals who act on their biases often demonstrate a lack of respect or even antagonism through their interactions with individuals with whom they have a bias. Bias can be embodied in concrete actions and in thoughts and tendencies that underlie those actions. This entry examines characteristics that are associated with the most profound biases.

Types of Bias

Racial/Ethnic Bias

The most obvious and well-known bias is related to one’s views and interactions with others, children or adults, as they relate to race and ethnicity. From the choice of the curriculum used in the classroom, ...

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