How Do You Retain Women Through Inclusive Pedagogy?

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Women and minority students are not in computing courses under the same conditions as their white male classmates. Instructional practices offer opportunities to level the playing field and improve the retention of underrepresented students.

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Case Study:

  • (NEW!) Framing a Supportive Classroom Climate (Case Study 4) | Relevant Audiences: Undergraduate
    How can faculty preempt the negative classroom climate caused by outspoken, dominating students? How can faculty make sure the rest of the class gets used to speaking up? Instructional practices offer opportunities to level the playing field and improve the retention of underrepresented students. Framing a supportive classroom climate can influence how students interpret events in class and create a more inclusive learning environment.

  • The Conversational Classroom (Case Study 1) | Relevant Audiences: Undergraduate and Graduate
    Women and minority students are not in computing courses under the same conditions as their white male classmates. Instructional practices offer opportunities to level the playing field and improve the retention of underrepresented students. Professor William Waite abstained from lecturing his students on assigned reading and relied instead on the students to direct the information discussed in the classroom. Despite initial student resistance to the unorthodox format of the class, repeat evaluations show that students in these classes out-perform students in prior semesters where lecturing was used.

  • Designing for Diversity (Case Study 2) | Relevant Audiences: Undergraduate
    Women and minority students are not in computing courses under the same conditions as their white male classmates. Instructional practices offer opportunities to level the playing field and improve the retention of underrepresented students. A new, smaller introductory computer science class tailored for inexperienced students at the University of Virginia recruited more minority and women students and resulted in many more students declaring a major in computer science.

  • Equal Access: Inclusive Strategies for Teaching Students with Disabilities (Case Study 3) | Relevant Audiences: K-12 Education and Undergraduate
    Women and minority students are not in computing courses under the same conditions as their white male classmates. Instructional practices offer opportunities to level the playing field and improve the retention of underrepresented students. More students with learning and physical disabilities are in the educational pipeline than ever before. Being aware of the issues, tools, and services for students with disabilities makes it easier for them to learn and for you to teach them.

 

Release Date: May 15, 2015
Audience(s): K-12Higher Education
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