To achieve Step 13, individuals will show that they can think about bias when looking to understand different perspectives.
In the previous two steps, the focus has been on listening critically by comparing perspectives and then thinking about what might underpin individuals having those different views. This step builds on this by investigating whether a perspective is biased.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
To teach this step:
This is a good step to reinforce in lots of different parts of advanced studies. For instance, in reviewing topics in history or literature to identify where the writer had a biased perspective on events.
It is also helpful to encourage learners to think about what they are reading or listening to more generally, and to spot examples of different types of bias.
This step can be effectively assessed in a couple of ways:
This step is particularly relevant for individuals who have to consider different perspective to reach decisions, particularly where they might be controversial.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through questioning. For instance:
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
As an individual, you might be thinking about how best to support your own essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help you to build these skills, including:
As a parent or carer, you might be thinking about how best to support your children to build their essential skills. The good news is that there is lots that you can do that will have a big impact, including:
We’ve developed a whole series of tools and resources to help parents to build these skills, including:
There is also content for older children and young people, including short activities and reflections that they can complete alone, or with you.