Instructors in STEM subjects should ensure their teaching is inclusive: Opinion

September 17, 2021
While STEM subjects seem objective in nature, faculty members should be aware of structural racism that may make their pedagogy less inclusive, writes José Antonio Bowen. Bowen notes that some instructors’ teaching methods can lead to some groups of students experiencing higher failure rates. Instructors are encouraged to evaluate their teaching to ensure that they include genuine care for students, provide clarity on what constitutes “good” work, ensure textbook affordability, and engage students in their feedback and real-world examples. “We need to look harder at the results and how our systems -- placement tests and pedagogy -- are contributing to unequal outcomes,” writes Bowen. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)