Inclusion by design: Embedding inclusive teaching practice into design and preparation of laboratory classes

Date

2019-11-02

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Journal ISSN

ISSN

1877-1297

Volume Title

Publisher

Elsevier

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Introduction: Creation of an inclusive learning environment and provision of individual adjustments are duties of higher education providers. However, laboratory practical teaching is not always inclusive beyond general university requirements. Lab classes can present many barriers to disabled learners. Proactive adjustments embedded into the design and preparation of laboratory classes can make lab-based teaching as inclusive and accessible as possible. Perspective: The main challenges, difficulties, and barriers experienced by students with disabilities during laboratory classes were identified and analysed. A review of a large number of sources was conducted, and the best available evidence of inclusive practice in science and medicine laboratories (including those already implemented in the Reading School of Pharmacy and Leicester School of Pharmacy) were retrieved, critically appraised, and summarized. Recommendations on embedding inclusive practices into the design and preparation of laboratory classes were developed, including methods for making the following accessible: (1) printed materials, such as handouts, instructions, notes, etc.; (2) video files; and (3) colours. Additionally, the use of a range of pedagogic techniques and assistive technologies in inclusive teaching is discussed. Implications: We have developed general accessibility guides and provided laboratory teaching staff with examples of good inclusive teaching practice. Active implementation of the inclusiveby- design approach, in contrast to inclusive-on-request, can be beneficial for both learners and teaching staff since inclusion-by-design helps to establish a lasting inclusive culture in teaching laboratories.

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Keywords

Inclusive teaching, Practical classes, Diversity, Inclusion

Citation

Hackl, E. and Ermolina, I. (2019) Inclusion by design: Embedding inclusive teaching practice into design and preparation of laboratory classes. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 11, pp. 1323–1334.

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Research Institute

Leicester Institute for Pharmaceutical Innovation - From Molecules to Practice (LIPI)