Concern about bullying and the significant rise in the number of university students seeking support for emotional distress or mental health issues, together with growing institutional recognition of neurodiversity, prompted the authors to investigate methods of facilitating a negotiated, inclusive classroom culture in which differences are valued and respected. A diversity awareness induction workshop was given to 25 pre-sessional English teachers. Key aims were to facilitate development of a community of practice, enable the sharing of professional expertise, raise participants’ awareness of their own cultural assumptions and to broaden the usual definition of student diversity to encompass neurodiversity and mental health. The research consisted of thematic analysis of 500-word reflections written by teachers in response to the diversity session. The session aims appeared to be largely met and an anonymised summary of the teachers’ rich reflections was shared with all participants. The research prompted development of new assessment criteria for group assessment, improved student induction materials and an enhanced appreciation by the researchers of the importance of affective pedagogy in relation to student-centred learning. While the impact of the session on participants was difficult to measure, it prompted an extended dialogue throughout the pre-sessional programme.
|Title of host publication||Meaningful Teaching Interaction at the Internationalised University|
|Subtitle of host publication||Moving From Research to Impact|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)