An exploratory study on the racial bias in 4 to 6 year-old Singaporean Chinese preschoolers
Low, Mei Ting
Date of Issue2016-04-20
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Past studies have shown that racial bias is evident in children as young as 3 years old. However, little is known about racial bias in Singaporean children. The importance of racial harmony has been a growing concern for many countries in the recent years. The present study aims to examine the implicit and explicit racial biases towards Indians in 4 to 6 years old Singaporean Chinese children. The implicit racial bias of preschoolers (N = 38) was measured using the Implicit Association Test, while the explicit racial bias was measured using an explicit choice and resource allocation task. The results revealed that implicit and explicit racial biases that favor Chinese over Indians are evident in Singaporean Chinese children in this study. It provides strong empirical evidence for the presence of racial bias in Singaporean children and the need to reduce them in early childhood.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University