To develop an understanding of how scientific methods can be misused to achieve social objectives.
Teachers: read Teachers' background notes on eugenics before attempting these activities.
Understand that scientists should always try to disprove their intuitive position and what happens when they do not.
Note to teachers: Please make it clear to students that they are not actually being ‘tested’ in this activity! The aim of the activity is for students to reflect on how problematic and biased the tests are. They are under no pressure to try and get the answers ‘right’.
You will need to provide some of the items listed with a ‘*’ in the resource so the test can be carried out. Split the class into pairs. You will need a test instrument for each pair. One is the subject and the other the investigator. After completing, get students in pairs, then tables and finally the whole class to discuss the test and what it is actually measuring and what biases may creep in.
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