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Inclusive Teaching

Authors
  • Dewsbury, Bryan1
  • Brame, Cynthia J.2
  • 1 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881
  • 2 Center for Teaching and Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203
Type
Published Article
Journal
CBE Life Sciences Education
Publisher
American Society for Cell Biology
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
18
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1187/cbe.19-01-0021
PMID: 31025917
PMCID: PMC7058128
Source
PubMed Central
License
Green

Abstract

Over the past two decades, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty have been striving to make their teaching practices more inclusive and welcoming to the variety of students who enter college. However, many STEM faculty, even those at teaching-focused institutions, have been educated in a traditional environment that emphasizes research and may not include classroom teaching. This can produce a deficit in training that leaves many STEM faculty feeling uncertain about inclusive teaching practices and their essential undergirding principles. This essay describes an online, evidence-based teaching guide ( https://lse.ascb.org/evidence-based-teaching-guides/inclusive-teaching ) intended to help fill this gap, serving as a resource for science faculty as they work to become more inclusive, particular with regard to differences in race, ethnicity, and gender. The guide describes the importance of developing self-awareness and empathy for students as a precursor to considering classroom practices. It also explores the role of classroom climate before turning to pedagogical choices that can support students’ sense of belonging, competence, and interest in the course. Finally, the guide suggests that true inclusivity is a community effort and that instructors should leverage local and national networks to maximize student learning and inclusion. Each of these essential points is supported by summaries of and links to articles that can inform these choices. The guide also includes an instructor checklist that offers a concise summary of key points with actionable steps that can guide instructors as they work toward a more inclusive practice. We hope that the guide will provide value for both faculty who are just beginning to consider how to change their teaching practices and faculty seeking to enrich their current efforts.

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