Tag: Inclusive Curriculum

Academic Language and Literacy Group

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

Two seminar sessions were delivered by the Academic Language & Literacy Group (ALL) to all Level 4 BA Education Studies students. The sessions were based on priorities identified through consultation with course and module leaders and analysis of previous students’ assignments. These sessions were implemented through the ‘Language and Learning’ module with the aim of narrowing the degree awarding gap.

For further information contact the project lead Manny Madriaga, m.madriaga@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Challenging Whiteness in the Curriculum

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

The aim of this work is to raise awareness of a need to decolonise the curriculum project. A video was sent to all course leaders and they were asked to attend course team meetings to talk about some concrete ways in which they could make their curriculum more inclusive e.g. through examples and case studies, by making the reading lists diverse, by critiquing western assumptions (e.g. challenging the inherent individualism of Enlightenment thinkers and those who have come after them. A specific instance used in sport psychology would be Maslow). A small group of critical friends have formed who have the role of advising the Deputy Head who is leading the BAME work, on strategies strategies for tackling issues around whiteness in the curriculum. Many colleagues find this area of work challenging and have voiced their need for more support from those in SHU with relevant expertise.  The request has been raised centrally and the HWB BME Working Group has an update with Professor Jacqueline Stevenson scheduled where this can be discussed.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Framework for Inclusive Co-Design of assessment literature

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

This project is an initiative of the HWB BAME Working Group and aimed to enhance the inclusivity of the literature drawn on in courses by involving a diverse student voice in the design of literature. The project is currently in the early stages of development and outcomes will not be fully realised until the 2018/19 academic year.

The framework and proof-of-concept testing will provide a tangible output, which can be shared for implementation elsewhere in the university. The inclusive approach will ensure that it is transferable, replicable and scalable.

For further information contact the project lead Catherine Arnold, c.arnold@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Inclusive Classroom

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

This approach was initially discussed as launching in September 2018, with level 4 students attending a timetabled seminar to help them to think about creating an inclusive classroom environment. Some courses have gone a little towards making this happen but there is further to go for 2019/20.

For further information contact the project lead Michelle Blackburn, m.blackburn@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Decolonising reading lists

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This action research project aimed to make reading lists in Law & Criminology more diverse and inclusive. All module leaders were asked to supply a reading list and module synopsis or enrol researchers onto Blackboard to access lists. The intended approach was to assess what percentage of titles on reading lists were authored by BAME scholars. The aim was to then recommend three additional readings from BAME scholars to module leaders who could then, assess these sources and, if approved, incorporate them into their module reading lists and lecture/seminar materials. If suggestions were deemed unsuitable (in relation to the course requirements) module leaders were encouraged to search for alternative readings authored by at least one BAME scholar.

The project is replicable. Once the method of measurement is defined then the initiative can be replicated across other departments.

For further information contact the project lead Larissa Povey, l.povey@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Enhancing extended scientific writing skills

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

Two seminar sessions were delivered by the Academic Language & Literacy Group (ALL) to all Level 4 BA Education Studies students. The sessions were based on priorities identified through consultation with course and module leaders and analysis of previous students’ assignments. These sessions were implemented through the ‘Language and Learning’ module with the aim of reducing the BAME attainment gap.

The ALL intervention is intended for ALL undergraduate students in the university and is being implemented in other modules.

For further information contact the project lead Manny Madriaga m.madriaga@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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