Resources for Inclusive Pedagogies

Page last updated on 08/19/2014

For more information on serving students with disabilities, see the DRS "faculty manual."  San Francisco State's website includes Disabilities and Instructional Strategies, as well as a page on preparing accessible Instructional Materials.  Here's an emerging problem:  uncaptioned video.  If you use video in your classes, check to make sure that those you purchase are close-captioned!  If you use online video that is uncaptioned, you can make a transcript in advance and post it in D2L (you can also schedule when content in D2L opens, so that students don't find it before you want them to have it).  "Universal Design" is a current buzzword -- learn more about it, including a nice "toolkit" at the Association on Higher Education and Disability's website, or at the University of Washington's "DO-IT" site.  Note that the purpose of Universal Design is not to obscure the presence of students with disabilities, but to normalize their presence by providing options that any student can choose (within limits that you impose, of course). 

Here's an excellent summary of research on course design incorporating pedagogies that work to "lift all boats" at universities that don't have millions of dollars in private endowment or big  grants to spend:  "Increasing Success for Underserved Students: Redesigning Introductory Courses" 

Carnegie Mellon's online course design workshop includes a section on cultural differences:  "While all cultures value learning, the kinds of learning valued in particular cultures, the manner in which learning is believed to best occur, and the ways in which the roles of students and teachers are conceptualized may differ profoundly from culture to culture. When students from different cultures share a classroom – or if you, as the instructor, come from a different culture than your students – it is important to consider how cultural background can affect classroom dynamics and learning. A document created by the Eberly Center and the Intercultural Communication Center called Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variations in the Classroom can help you as an instructor . . ."  This document explores the challenges that international students face, but addresses issues that may apply to many other students as well.

Murphy Library books on the social aspects of college teaching, and minority education in higher education in the U.S.  Several of these titles define diversity broadly, including students with disabilities.  See also Feminist Teacher, a journal devoted to inclusive pedagogies (note that this journal assumes that feminism is inclusive), available through the GenderWatch database at Murphy.

Best General Resource: (hosted by the AAC&U) is a metasite for diversity issues in higher education and includes a section on innovative teaching strategies.

K-12 Resources

The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington.  Founded and directed by James A. Banks, one of the gurus of research on inclusive education for K-12 (and some higher education).

History Resources  From our own Central Wisconsin History Collaborative project.  Alphabetically by time periods and groups. 

Best Practices:  What does the research tell us about what works

Here's a new study on gender and math anxiety: Sian L. Beilock, Elizabeth A. Gunderson, Gerardo Ramirez, and Susan C. Levine, "Female teachers’ math anxiety affects girls’ math achievement," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, published online before print January 25, 2010,

Addressing Stereotype Threat 

"Simply reminding blacks of their race before they take an exam leads them to perform worse," research by Claude Steele and Joshua Aronson shows.  What to do?  Here's a nice summary of the current research:

Culturally Responsive Teaching (particularly for K-12 and Teacher Ed)

Here's the major website:  

Universal Instructional Design:

CATL Colloquium Workshop on Universal Design of Graded Assignments (help Oct. 22nd, 2009).  Here's the Powerpoint with the live links, and here are the worksheets

University of Guelph's Teaching Support Services UID Resources page offers ideas at differing levels of complexity:

Universal Design for Learning, from the Center for Applied Special Technology, assumes that one size does not fit all.

FacultyWare, from the University of Connecticut

Feminist Pedagogy:

Contemporary feminist pedagogies consider much more than just "women."  They typically examine the multiple identities of both faculty and students, including our gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, age, religion, and disabilities. 

Association of College and Research Libraries, Women's Studies Section   Links on Women, Education, and Girls, Pedagogy.  Lists online articles, bibliographies, and websites.  Scroll through the entire website for Curriculum, Research, Funding, and Issues. The Periodicals section lists journals for teaching and pedagogy around a range of diversity issues.  Maintained by the University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian's office.

WMST-L Discussion List   WMST-Listers discuss feminist pedagogy and classroom issues, as well as research, program administration, and campus politics.  The website includes instructions for joining WMST-L and WMST-L's searchable archives.  Note that this is a very large list and is very active.

Other Inclusive Pedagogies

"Creating Inclusive College Classrooms," Shari Saunders and Diana Kardia, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan. 

"Faculty Accountability for Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy and Curricula," Stephen John Quaye and Shaun R. Harper.  Liberal Education (June 22, 2007).