In Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education respect for the diverse talents of students is number 7. This principle implies that students not only come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, race, and gender, but students also bring different talents and styles of learning. All students should have the opportunity to learn in a way that works for them and they should be able to showcase their talents.
Respect Diverse People
Establish respect for the values of diverse peoples by using specific examples. Examples that demonstrate a respect and appreciation for diverse peoples and cultures. Use language that is gender neutral or takes into consideration the gender identity of students.
Provide a variety of perspectives on the topics you teach. For instance, literature that comes from only one perspective lacks depth. Varied perspectives might offer new ideas and unique views. One example would be to teach a World War II class from an American historian’s perspective only. The look into that historic moment will be rather narrow. Include literature from the experiences of other groups such as concentration camp survivors, German foot soldiers, French resistance workers, and Vichy government officials.
- Beyond the Podium Podcast: Building an Inclusive Classroom
- Beyond the Podium Podcast: Rising Above Adversity (Part I)
- Beyond the Podium Podcast: Rising Above Adversity (Part II)
- Video: Jennifer Smith: Online Accessibility (13:01) | Transcript Watch: Alice Anderson: Introduction to the Screen Reader (7:03)
- Kevin Gannon (2008): Seven Principles, part seven: Respecting Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning