Inclusive Pedagogy

 

What is inclusive pedagogy?

Inclusive pedagogy is 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. Read more about Inclusive Pedagogy at our Teaching Commons page.

“Inclusive learning and teaching in higher education refers to the ways in which pedagogy, curricula, and assessment are designed to engage students in learning that is meaningful, relevant, and accessible to all. It embraces a view of the individual and individual difference as the source of diversity that can enrich the lives and learning of others.” (Hockings, 2010)

How can we help?

LOOKING FOR SOME QUICK TIPS?

Our Inclusive Pedagogy pamphlet provides 21 concrete ideas for inclusive practices you can bring to your classroom.

LOOKING FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT INCLUSIVE STRATEGIES?

Our Inclusive Pedagogy Toolkit fleshes out the pamphlet's 21 concrete ideas for inclusive practices, exploring the research behind why they're important and what concrete steps you can take to implement them in your courses.

WANT TO FIND MORE INFORMATION AND IDEAS ONLINE?

We've created online resources for people who want more background and tips on:

WANT TO HAVE AN IN-PERSON CONVERSATION ABOUT THESE ISSUES?

WANT TO REDESIGN YOUR COURSE TO MAKE IT MORE INCLUSIVE?

  • Our Teaching Commons is full of online resources and ideas. You might want to start with our Inclusive Pedagogy page.
  • Our Inclusive Pedagogy Toolkit fleshes out the pamphlet's 21 concrete ideas for inclusive practices, exploring the research behind why they're important and what concrete steps you can take to implement them in your courses.
  • Doyle Faculty Fellowships are designed to support full-time faculty in choosing one of their undergraduate courses to redesign, with a goal of enhancing or incorporating themes of diversity and difference.
  • A Different Dialogue is looking for faculty interested in partnering with us to bring the intergroup dialogue experience to the curricular, and integrate these important, reflective discussions with academic course content.
  • Or we can visit your class to gather some mid-semester teaching feedback from your students!

NEED SOME FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO MAKE YOUR CLASS MORE INCLUSIVE?

Consider applying for a Doyle Diversity Grant to fund activities that in some way merge the classroom experience with outside or co-curricular opportunities that help students engage with diversity or gain a greater recognition of their own positionality vis-a-vis issues of plurality and social justice.

Want something else?

Just click here to fill out a form that will let us know exactly what you need or email us at cndls@georgetown.edu. We'll get back to you quickly!