Innovative strategies to promote equity and justice in developmental science
Thu, April 6, 10:00 to 11:30am, Austin Convention Center, Meeting Room 8C; Session Type: Conversation Roundtable
Traditional developmental practices and methods have often been criticized for, at best, not being sensitive to issues of diversity, equity, and justice (Horn, Ruck, & Liben, 2016), and at worst, for reifying negative stereotypes and further marginalizing young people from diverse populations (e.g. The Bell Curve, Hernstein & Murray, 1994). More often than not, this is due to limitations and issues related to sampling, research methods, and analytic strategies rather than explicitly negative intent on the part of investigators. It is also due, however, to the failure of mainstream developmental models in the past to adequately consider the unique circumstances of children from diverse populations (Garcia Coll et al., 1996; Quintana et al., 2006; Tseng et al., 2016). If our field is going to continue to be relevant to the lives of diverse young people in an increasingly global world, not only do we need to develop more innovative methods for studying development, we also must become more strategic in ensuring that our science explicitly addresses inequities and injustices in the world that limit the developmental trajectories of many young people. This roundtable discussion will bring together leading scholars from across disciplines to discuss methodological opportunities, strategies, and challenges in conducting research that ethically attends to critical equity and justice issues for diverse population. The moderators of the session will be Stacey S. Horn (Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago) and Martin D. Ruck (Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York).