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Discovering a Disturbing Bias in Kids’ Books

Has the recent uptick in diverse characters in children’s literature translated into authentic representation? One team of researchers used artificial intelligence to investigate.

December 9, 2021

Learn more about the study cited in the video: Anjali Adukia, Alex Eble, Emileigh Harrison, Hakizumwami Birali Runesha, and Teodora Szasz’s 2021 working paper on representations of race and gender in children’s books.

For an unpacking of this research and an interview with the authors, see Asher Lehrer-Small’s article for The 74, “AI Uncovers Skin-Tone Gap in Most-Beloved Children’s Books.” 

To learn more about 2021's most compelling research findings for educators, visit “The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021.”

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