Implicit Association Test Assignment


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This assignment encourages students to evaluate race as a systemic social problem in American society and, most importantly, to understand how it influences them throughout their daily lives. Students take the Implicit Association Test (IAT), which measures favorability of a racial category and measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. Next, students answer several short essay questions in a paper addressing their racial history and how implicit bias have influenced their lives.


Resource Type(s):
Zachary R. Simoni, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Adrienne Milner, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
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Subject Area:
Racial and Ethnic Relations 
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(1) Although the assignment allows students to choose which test to take, we suggest that instructors limit the options based on the demographic make-up of the school and region/city. For instance, because Birmingham Alabama has a large African American population, we decided to allow students to choose between the "race"...

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Show students their own implicit bias.
Assessment 1:
Whether or not they took the test. They will not be able to write a paper without taking the test online.
Goal 2:
Increase understanding of micro and macro level implications of implicit biases.
Assessment 2:
Graded paper.

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