Trying out the Implicit Association Test #unboundeq

This week I am participating on some of the asynchronous activities of the course (Equity Unbound, read the kick off blog post here if you are new to it), and in the course email for this week and next, Catherine Croning writes:

In Weeks 3 + 4 of Equity Unbound, between September 24th and October 7th, we will focus on the theme of Empathy & Bias. Together we will explore this theme, particularly in relation to digital spaces and interactions. Digital citizenship promotes global understanding when our digital presence allows us to share virtual space with others, regardless of geography. It is tempting, but dangerous, to imagine this virtual space as “one” — we are not all equal in that space. Some of us are louder and more visible, and some of us more vulnerable. What would it mean to develop critical digital citizenship on the premises of empathy and social justice? How can we build critical trust in our community and network exchanges in order to help us confront our own biases and blind spots?

The activity I have decided to try out is the Implicit Association Test or IAT, and the category I have selected the Gender-Career Task. I have not done a test like this before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

In the test, I was asked to categorise Male and Female words with Career and Family.

Once complete, I got the following result:

Your data suggest a strong automatic association for Male with Family and Female with Career.

Your result is described as an “Automatic association for Male with Career and Female with Family” if you were faster responding when Career and Male are assigned to the same response key than when Career and Female were classified with the same key. Your score is described as an “Automatic association for Female with Career and Male with Family if the opposite occurred.

In terms of how that compares to other people’s results, I found this graph helpful:

I took a few other tests, and found it interesting to try subjects I was less sure about, but the above result was quite typical of my responses, i.e. I usually found myself in a small minority of results. That in turn made me reflect on my own awareness of and tolerance for other, often dominant views and that feels like a good starting point for the next fortnight of the course.

Joining in #unboundeq – Equity Unbound

For the coming weeks I am joining into a new initiative organised by Maha Bali, Catherine Cronin & Mia Zamora. Here is what it is all about, or read more at Equity Unbound:

Equity Unbound is an emergent, collaborative curriculum which aims to create equity-focused, open, connected, intercultural learning experiences across classes, countries and contexts.  Equity Unbound was initiated by Maha Bali @bali_maha (American University in Cairo, Egypt), Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin (National University of Ireland, Galway), and Mia Zamora @MiaZamoraPhD (Kean University, NJ, USA) for use in their courses this term (September-December 2018), but it is open to all.

Equity Unbound is for learners and/or educators at all levels (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, professional development) who are interested in exploring digital literacies with an equity and intercultural learning focus, in an open and connected learning environment. Our motto is:

“The only way to make borders meaningless is to keep insisting on crossing them.” (Lina Mounzer)

Participants will collaborate in a series of open online activities including: collaborative annotation using open-source Hypothes.is, social network conversations and live studio visits, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, blogging, collaborative multimedia making, and creating their own new learning activities (inspired by the DS106 assignment bank). Activities will seek to develop critical digital literacies and intercultural collaboration while encouraging questions of equity issues such as equity in web representation, digital colonialism, safety and security risks on the web, and how these differ across contexts.

To find out more:
  • Check out our current activities on Twitter: @UnboundEq and/or #UnboundEq
  • Click An overview (in menu bar above) to see the 6 Equity Unbound themes.
  • Select an option in Weeks/Themes to see more details about the activities planned for each theme.
  • Click All Unbound voices to see all blogs posts connected with #UnboundEq.
  • Click Resources to see the growing list of resources we are using in Equity Unbound
  • Click Participate (on the About menu) to contact us about participating, or to find out more.