Diversity in Higher Education (Different types of diversity (race/ …
Diversity in Higher Education
= an asset for learning: deep discussions in mixed student backgrounds about: ethics and morals, norm - what is norm?, male vs female dominated issues/courses/studies/literature, equality, teaching/learning using the strengths of different perspectives in the group,
Heterogenous groups are representative of the world we live in - working in collaborative learning environments together prepares students for lifelong learning situations in the real world.
that reaches out to the diversity of the students (inclusion). Creating a climate of openness - where interaction between teacher and students leads to
Uphold an awareness of diversity and strive for equality - use diversity to contribute to the quality of the course.
Heterogenous group challenge
- being aware of how you as a teacher are perceived by the students, and which norms you are perceived as representing.
Different types of diversity
– this poses different challenges
students' ability to read and understand academic texts
students' ability to write (in an academic way)
students' ability to EXPLAIN at different levels
to those with similar background
to those with different/less knowledge about the subject
Having strong social network and support
Having limited social network
educational background (academic vs non-academic)
critical thinking and attitudes
Previous knowledge of the subject (being experienced or a novis)
Have taught on the subject before
Bodily matters (fat, thin, disabilities, etc.)
Physical disability: Longer time required to move to different classrooms/buildings, difficulties climbing stairs, experiences of fatigue due to disease
Computer and longer time needed at written assessments
The need for listening to instead of reading a text
Belongs to poor family
Belongs to rich family
Belongs to Middle class
e.g., Assign a group tasks and asks the students to work with the person who is sitting next to him/her.
Use web tools for creating group/pairs randomly mixing the students - creating new group constellation and giving opportunity for working with new partners
Different ambition levels may cause conflicts during groupwork
. e.g., it encourages everyone in the class to participate and present his/her idea contributing towards knowing the participants and developing array of solutions for a problem.
NTD (Numbers Head Together )
: cooperative learning strategy which enables students to work together to solve the problem.
Homogenous group challenge
= no dynamic discussion, one "norm" perspective
Not representative of the world we live in.
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