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Inclusive Pedagogy

Inclusive pedagogy is a method of teaching that incorporates dynamic practices and learning styles, multicultural content, and varied means of assessment, with the goal of promoting student academic success, as well as social, cultural, and physical well-being.

Best Practices

  • Tools for Teaching - Barbara Gross Davis. Strategies for working effectively with a broad range of students. Excerpted from book listed below.
  • Using Small Groups to Promote Inclusive Learning (PDF) - Flinders University, Australia. Includes strategies and tips for inclusive small group teaching that can help overcome barriers to effective participation and help all students feel comfortable. Also includes a review sheet to help educators assess their facilitation of small group learning.
  • Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education-Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson. Outlines research-based principles and approaches to good practice that can improve teaching and learning.

Tools, Tips, Checklists

  • Checklist of Assumptions that Impact Motivation, Learning and Performance (PDF) - Carnegie Mellon University, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence. A useful tool to help instructors reflect on the assumptions they hold about their students, which can impact student motivation and learning.
  • Tools for Inclusive Teaching – University of Washington. An interactive website that includes resources, examples, insights, and teaching strategies from faculty and students.
  • Solve a Teaching Problem – Carnegie Mellon, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence. An interactive site that allows you to identify a problem you encounter in your teaching, consider possible reasons for the problem, and explore strategies to address it.
  • Learning Style Inventory – Adapted from Instructor Magazine, 2009. A quick, simple, learning style assessment for teachers and students. Use as a resource to analyze your own learning/teaching style, or use with students to help them reflect on their learning/study styles and to help plan your course delivery.
  • Dos and Don’ts of Inclusive Language – Honolulu Community College. Provides a straightforward list of words and phrases that can unintentionally exclude groups of people and perpetuate negative stereotypes, also offers suggested alternatives.

Audience-Specific Resources

  • Teaching in Racially Diverse College Classrooms (PDF) – Harvard University, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. A resource designed to assist educators in creating optimal conditions for embracing diversity, including suggestions for preparation, creating the classroom environment, intervening in racially charged situations, and examining bias.
  • Class in the Classroom (PDF) – Harvard University, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. An examination of how class can affect learning, and suggestions for recognizing and being sensitive to class difference in the classroom.
  • Diversity and Education: Sexual Orientations (PDF) – University of Colorado, Boulder, Faculty Teaching Excellence Program. Discusses potential issues that arise in connection with sexual orientation in the classroom, and offers suggestions for using the topic for pedagogical purposes.
  • Disability-Specific Accommodations – Humboldt State University, Student Disability Resource Center. An overview of disabilities, the challenges facing students with disabilities, and ways instructors can accommodate these students.
  • Suggestions on Teaching Students with Disabilities – UC Berkeley, Disabled Students Program. Provides suggestions for making courses “disability friendly,” including syllabus content, then lists tips for working with students with specific disabilities.
  • Diversity and Language: ESL Students in the University Classroom (PDF) – University of Colorado, Boulder, Faculty Teaching Excellence Program. Explores differences among ESL students and challenges they may face in the classroom, combined with effective and practical techniques for working with ESL students.
  • International Students: Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variations in the Classroom(PDF) - Carnegie Mellon, Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence. A guide for faculty focused on teaching in an increasingly multicultural setting. Focus is on international students; however, the recommendations beginning on page 18 are good practices in general for addressing the needs of all students.
  • Treating Male and Female Students Equitably (PDF) – Dr. Bernice R. Sandler, Women's Research and Education Institute. Recommendations aimed at helping educators treat male and female students equitably, including tools for self-reflection and best practices for use both inside and outside of the classroom.