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: completed

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 implement changes to the curriculum or to pedagogy to help decolonise the curriculum. At all staff meetings discussions of how this was possible took place and staff had the opportunity to take part in networking opportunities both on social media and physical networks. Within these meetings the status of the awareness of the BAME attainment gap was considered and staff agreed that this had improved since attending a workshop presentation by Jacqueline Stevenson (Hallam Guild) or Abdullah Okud (former SHU SU President). In addition, course leaders chose to open up a discussion at the Departmental Board on a need to Narrow the Gap.  A number of staff have actively engaged with Amanda (project lead) about the changes they are making in order to de-colonise their curriculums.

Upon reflection of the initial stages of the project it has been noted that the awareness of the need to Narrow the Gap is certainly higher now than a year ago as evidenced by the fact that all staff attended a workshop presentation by Jacqueline Stevenson (Hallam Guild) or Abdullah Okud (former SHU SU President). In addition, Course Leaderss chose to open up a discussion at the Departmental Board on a need to Narrow the Gap. A number of staff have emailed me or dropped by the talk to me about changes they have made or plan to make to the curriculum.

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 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.

Upon a review of the project, the feedback suggested that the student’s had a much better understanding of what they were doing, “Understandable feedback that is used appropriately”.

For further information contact the project lead David Smith, d.p.smith@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: completed

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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