Question: Lately there has been a lot of discussion about diversity. What’s the difference between teaching for inclusion and teaching for diversity? How can I be innovative in my teaching and learning?
CITL’s Answer: Many teaching and learning theories, concepts, and practices are not uniformly defined. Inclusion and diversity are no exceptions. A plausible description about the difference can be found on a comprehensive Website at the University of Washington entitled, Inclusive Teaching. Inclusive teaching refers to teaching in ways that enable all students to have opportunities to learn. No students are excluded, accidentally or intentionally. Teaching for diversity refers to using approaches that reflect the differences in the ways individuals learn. The approaches can reflect how you teach as well as what you teach. Consequently, an instructor can include more students in the learning process (inclusion) by using a variety of teaching approaches (diversity). For more information, e-mail Karen_StClair@emerson.edu, or consult the University of Washington Website.