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Teaching inclusively for lses and all students a workshop

Effective teaching and support for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds:

Resources for Australian higher education.

www.lowses.edu.au

Teaching inclusively for LSES and all students: A workshop


Overview

Overview

  • Focusing on 3 aspects of LSES students:

    • The student experience

    • Transparency

    • Academic standards


National research project

National research project

  • Professor Marcia Devlin

  • Professor Sally Kift

  • Professor Karen Nelson

  • Ms Liz Smith

  • Dr Jade McKay


Method

Method

  • Literature review

  • Interviews with 89 successful students from low socioeconomic backgrounds (3 universities)

  • Interviews with 26 staff (6 universities)

  • A national environmental scan of effective practice


Ensuring inclusivity for lses students

Ensuring inclusivity for LSES students

  • The student experience: Know and respect your students

  • Be transparent: Make expectations clear, using accessible language

  • Offer them flexibility, variety and choice, without compromising standards


1 the student experience know and respect your students

1. The student experience(Know and respect your students)

  • Understand their context

  • Understand what they bring to tertiary studies


1 the student experience know and respect your students1

1. The student experience(Know and respect your students)

Understand their context

They have to undertake paid work; they often have carer responsibilities and multiple roles; they are time poor


1 the student experience know and respect your students2

1. The student experience(Know and respect your students)

Understand what they bring to tertiary study

…stats have shown in our course that generally speaking our low SES students tend to do better. They’re slightly better motivated and probably more capable students…[COL_014]


1 the student experience know and respect your students3

1. The student experience(Know and respect your students)

Understand what they bring to tertiary study

So students who came from public high schools tended to do better and last longer and succeed faster, …have fewer fails … progress faster at university, than [other] students … simply because they never had the resources handed to them and they always had to fight for everything and they were much more independent learners. [COL_013]


1 the student experience know and respect your students4

1. The student experience (know and respect your students):

Workshop questions

For inclusivity:

  • Why would it be important to know your students?

  • How might knowing your students be achieved in class, online and in large groups?

  • Why respect them? How would you demonstrate respect?


2 be transparent make expectations clear using accessible language

2. Be transparent(Make expectations clear, using accessible language)

  • Speak English, not ‘academese’

  • Show them examples

  • Make assessment criteria available and understandable


2 be transparent make expectations clear using accessible language1

2. Be transparent(Make expectations clear, using accessible language)

Speak English, not ‘academese’

…a couple of times I might have listened to lecturersthat probably used too many big words so sometimes I didn’t understand where they were coming from. So maybe if theycan speak in layperson’s terms a little bit, that makes it alot easier. (STU_026)


2 be transparent make expectations clear using accessible language2

2. Be transparent(Make expectations clear, using accessible language)

Show them examples

…they’re told to write these essays, and they want to see what an essay looks like. It’s like trying to teach them how to ride a bicycle without the bicycle… But if you’re teaching something, and if you can show an example of it, the students can see the expectation, they can see the level of what is expected of them. [COL_012]


2 be transparent make expectations clear using accessible language3

2. Be transparent(Make expectations clear, using accessible language)

Make assessment criteria available and understandable

… for continuous clarification, as to what is required…there are typically hundreds of questions that are then filtered back to the course convenors, and the way that those are then answered, such that everyone can see all of the responses is critical in demystifying what’s being asked of us a lot of the time…[STU_056]


2 be transparent make expectations clear using accessible language4

2. Be transparent(Make expectations clear, using accessible language)

Make assessment criteria available and understandable

I think the other thing with assessment is the students need to understand the criteria sheet, or the rubric, if you like, of what the lecturer, or what the tutor is looking for. I think it’s very difficult for them to do a piece of assessment if they’re not clear on the guidelines of what they’re supposed to be doing. [COL_001].


2 be transparent make expectations clear using accessible language5

2. Be transparent(Make expectations clear, using accessible language)

Workshop questions

For inclusivity:

  • Why is it important to be transparent?

  • How would you know clarity and transparency had been achieved?


3 offer students flexibility variety and choice

3. Offer students flexibility, variety and choice

  • Maintain high standards

  • Use a range of teaching strategies

  • Be flexible with assessment (mode)


3 offer students flexibility variety and choice1

3. Offer students flexibility, variety and choice

Ensure high academic standards

I had someone who got High Distinctions, who came to see me to be better. [COL_001]

…stats have shown in our course that generally speaking our low SES students tend to do better. They’re slightly better motivated and probably more capable students…[COL_014]


3 offer students flexibility variety and choice2

3. Offer students flexibility, variety and choice

Use a range of teaching strategies

Well how I’d like to design it if I have power over the design is to make sure that it does actually come from where the students are from, so it’s flexible enough that they can actually bring in their world but then it actually challenges them to go beyond that so, it’s always starting from where they are. [COL_008]


3 offer students flexibility variety and choice3

3. Offer students flexibility, variety and choice

Be flexible with assessment (mode)

…assessment should offer a range of ways, I think, in which the students can present their work. So many of the assessments, they have been able to do it on-line, as a report, as an essay, I suppose as a collection of interview information. [COL_001]


3 offer students flexibility variety and choice4

3. Offer students flexibility, variety and choice:

Workshop questions

For inclusivity:

  • Why would flexibility be important?

  • What about variety?

  • What about choice?

  • How might these be achieved, without compromising standards?


Overview1

Overview

  • Focusing on 3 aspects of LSES students:

    • The student experience

    • Transparency

    • Academic standards


Summary inclusivity

Summary: Inclusivity

1. Draw on students’ existing knowledge and make them feel they belong

2. Use plain language, everywhere

3. Give them choices, where feasible and fair


Take home messages questions

Take home messages/questions

  • What is ‘doable’ in your context?

  • What are the obstacles?

  • How might the obstacles be (partly) overcome?

  • What support do you need?


Teaching inclusively for lses and all students a workshop

Effective teaching and support for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds:

Resources for Australian higher education.

www.lowses.edu.au

www.lowses.edu.au


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