Inclusive Pedagogy


"Even though some of us might wish to conceptualize our classrooms as culturally neutral or might choose to ignore the cultural dimensions, students cannot check their sociocultural identities at the door, nor can they instantly transcend their current level of development… Therefore, it is important that the pedagogical strategies we employ in the classroom reflect an understanding of social identity development so that we can anticipate the tensions that might occur in the classroom and be proactive about them." Ambrose et. al., How Learning Works

What is inclusive pedagogy?

Inclusive pedagogy means taking a student-centered approach to teaching that pays attention to the varied background, learning styles, and abilities of all the learners in front of you. It is a method of teaching in which instructors and students work together to create a supportive and open environment that fosters social justice and allows each individual to be fully present and feel equally valued.

Inclusive pedagogy at its core is learner-centered and equity-focused, creating an overarching learning environment in which students feel equally invited and included. Drawing from a large body of research—much of it foundational scholarship on teaching and learning—it is clear that learning outcomes are improved for everyone when teachers attend to student differences and take deliberate steps to ensure that all students, across differences in academic and social background as well as physical and cognitive abilities, feel welcomed, valued, challenged, and supported in their academic work.

How does CNDLS support inclusive pedagogy?

Inclusive pedagogy is a core focus for all of CNDLS’ work, with many initiatives specifically supporting this ongoing mission. Of particular note is the new Inclusive Pedagogy Series, a slate of teaching workshops and discussions hosted throughout the fall 2016 semester to provide opportunities to faculty to think about how to bring inclusive teaching and learning strategies into their classrooms.

Additionally, the Doyle Engaging Difference Program aims to support faculty and the campus community in engaging with diversity inside and outside the classroom, through a faculty fellowship program, campus events, and curriculum grants.