Sean Talamas Column: Antidote to Bias Teaching Teacher Awareness
Sean Talamas is a PhD Candidate at the University of St. Andrews working under Professor Dave Perrett in the Perception Lab. Sean earned a Masters in Psychology and another Masters in Teaching both at Austin Peay State University. He completed all of his Education while serving as full-time Active duty in the US Air Force in a combat career field named TACP (Tactical Air Control Party). He got the opportunity to attend some of the most challenging and rewarding training courses the military has to offer including: Airborne, Air Assault, Rappel Master, Fast Rope Master, and Survive, Evade, Resist, and Escape (S.E.R.E) courses to name a few. It was these opportunities that first made him interested in education and motivated him to pursue a PhD. He joined when he was 17 and served 4 years active duty, quickly followed by his entrance to the PhD Program at St. Andrews.
His personal journey has made him aware that obstacles are often simply complex challenges to find solutions. He genuinely doubts that his academic achievement has anything to do with his intelligence level, but rather the combination of the motivation, expectations and grit his mentors instilled in him. His research investigates individual differences like the grit and mindset of educators and its influence on perceived intelligence of students. His interests in this area stems from a belief that we must uncover potential limitations to proper mentorship so that educators can impartially educate regardless of first impressions. His blog posts are an attempt to share useful information with educators, mentors, and coaches alike to help combat the impact of bias teaching practices – for the best antidote to deter unconscious bias is to make it conscious.
Find out more at http://antidotetobias.blogspot.co.uk