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Managing diversity: Academics' perspective on culture and teaching

Jabbar, Abdul and Mirza, Mohammed (2017) Managing diversity: Academics' perspective on culture and teaching. Race, Ethnicity and Education. ISSN 1361-3324 (In Press)

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Background: As UK Higher Education institutions continue to accept students from ethnically diverse backgrounds there is now an onus and an expectation for academics to provide learning environments and experiences that are inclusive, validating and affirming. For UK Higher Education institutions, the continuing recruitment of ethnically diverse students is crucial to financial stability.

Purpose: The aim of this paper is to explore, through the lens of the academic tutor, the pedagogical methods employed towards the implementation of ‘cultural branching’, which we define as helping ethnically diverse students to build bridges between their pre-existing knowledge and what they are expected to learn.

Method: To investigate this in more detail the researchers interviewed 22 academic tutors across three UK Higher Education Institutions in the North of England. The data was analysed through the use of template analysis using an interpretive approach.

Findings: The findings of the paper suggest that current curriculum structures and pedagogical approaches favour the dominant non-ethnically diverse learner. Many of the academic tutors we spoke to struggled to relate to students from a different background and hence found it difficult to create learning experiences which were inclusive.

Conclusions: The findings affirm that there is little support or guidance on how best to create environments which help to engage ethnically diverse students in the teaching and learning process. However, additional emphasis needs to be placed on developing a practical and functional approach which embeds cultural branching via technological platforms, this would help to promote systematic and logical approaches to learning.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Schools: Huddersfield Business School
Depositing User: Abdul Jabbar
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 08:33
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/33117

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