Downplaying versus embracing differences

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Science  08 Dec 2017:
Vol. 358, Issue 6368, pp. 1267-1268
DOI: 10.1126/science.358.6368.1267-d

Inclusive teaching practices are often taught during workshops aimed at increasing student diversity. Aragón et al. analyzed data from an intensive workshop on inclusive teaching practices held by the National Academies of Sciences Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education to model how educators adopt such practices. Two ideologies were considered: colorblindness, which downplays differences based on gender or color, and multiculturalism, which embraces differences. Overall, participants reported implementing more inclusive teaching practices than they had before attending the Summer Institute. However, stronger endorsements by participants of multicultural ideology predicted higher reports of inclusive teaching practices, whereas stronger endorsements of colorblind ideology predicted lower reports. Results from this study will help bridge basic theory and application in the implementation of future inclusive teaching workshops.

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