DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM
Implementing new ways of teaching to enhance diversity can be a daunting challenge to faculty. Below are websites that contain a wealth of information to support teachers in making their classrooms and teaching practice open to diversity. They include essays on ways faculty can examine and enhance their teaching, practical and easy-to implement teaching tips, and classroom activities that promote discussion around issues of identity, diversity, and multiculturalism.
Creating Inclusive College Classrooms is a comprehensive discussion about and step-by-step guide to creating classrooms in which all students feel empowered to participate and issues are viewed from multiple perspectives. Sections of this essay address choosing course content, examining prior assumptions of multicultural issues and how they manifest in classrooms, and considerations for class interactions.
Teaching for Inclusion: Diversity in the College Classroom, created for the University of North Carolina, contains comprehensive discussions on specific groups that have traditionally been marginalized in the college classroom: Racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered persons, and students with visible and invisible disabilities. The handbook contains quotes and experiences from students, to give faculty a better understanding of how diverse students experience the college classroom, barriers they face, and ways that faculty can address diverse student needs.
The Chilly Climate is Dr. Bernice Sandler's compendium of ways that women are treated differently than men in college classrooms. The site contains examples of the "Chilly Climate" and how it affects women, and ideas for both faculty and students to warm up the chilly classroom climate for women. Dr. Sandler is Senior Scholar at the Women's Research and Education Institute in Washington, DC.
Enriching Science Through Diversity looks at ways faculty in the sciences can use concepts of diversity in the biological world to highlight cultural diversity, and offers teaching tips to help to make those connections.
The Multicultural Pavillion offers an archive of Awareness Activities including ways to prepare for teaching multicultural issues, icebreakers, and introspective activities. The Pavillion also offers an Education Equity Awareness Quiz, and recommendations for faculty: 20 Things I Can Do To Be a Better Multicultural Teacher.
Universal Design for Learning recommends ways that courses and classrooms can be designed to address diverse learning styles and needs.
GVSU's Disability Support Resources also has information and resources for assisting students with disabilities.
For more information on this or any teaching related topic, please contact the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center (x3499) or email@example.com.
Page last modified August 1, 2012