Inclusive teaching strives for equity in education. Equality ensures that students have equal access to resources and opportunities. Equity, on the other hand, ensures that students have what they need to become successful, to fully benefit from the resources and opportunities available to them. This includes helping students develop their academic skills and abilities, and have the motivation to succeed. Students benefit when they feel they are supported and respected in their educational journey, and when they are recognised and represented in learning materials and activities.
One important initiative that aims for social justice in education is Liberating the Degrees, which is defined by the LTAS as “to proactively challenge the white, middle class, ableist, male-dominated curricula that are prevalent across the Higher Education sector, and to centre the work of marginalised scholars on race, sexuality, gender and disability within academia.”
To see how you might begin thinking about liberating the degrees, see this fantastic resource by Goldsmiths Library:
- Liberating our Library https://www.gold.ac.uk/library/about/liberate-our-library/
From a pedagogical viewpoint, TaLIC’s work is concerned with liberating the curricula, which includes the design and selection of learning materials and activities, the organisation of the learning environment, and classroom pedagogy. If you would like to learn more about liberating the curricula and discuss how you can better engage with this initiative please contact TaLIC.