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ERIC Number: EJ854394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-5866
Valuing Diversity in the Social Science Curriculum
Bowl, Marion
LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, v2 n2 p121-136 Aug 2005
This article examines how universities engage with what students from mature, non-A-level backgrounds bring with them to the curricula of social policy, social work and community and youth work courses of study. It draws on participatory research undertaken with a group of non-traditional entrants to university. The "stories" of three students are presented which exemplify some of the ways in which lived experience may be marginalized within a social science-related curriculum--even one which includes the requirement for participants to develop anti-oppressive practice. The article concludes that university educators still have some way to go to move beyond the rhetoric of inclusion and towards the reality. The article goes on to discuss how university teachers can work to ensure that previously silenced voices are heard, particularly the voices of those who have experienced racism and poverty. It argues for the need to examine the hidden curriculum of inequality and to critique university teaching practice, to make sure that lecturers themselves are not part of the problem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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