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Learning from our bias

Posted on: February 6, 2020

This TED Ed video outlines how and why we might be so stubborn or even stupid about our political leanings.


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It offers some advice when dealing with such a phenomenon:

  1. We need to recognise that we are more biased than we think
  2. We should make fact-checking part of a valued group process
  3. When trying to convince others, frame an argument in their language and values

There are parallels to dealing with novice learners who are exposed to new information or experiences:

  1. They have prior knowledge and experiences which may help or hinder learning
  2. We should make discovery-based investigation part of cooperative learning
  3. We might start with the language and examples that learners are familiar with to help them level up

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