Examining geographic bias in our curricula
- Wednesday 09 October 2019, 10.00-13.00
- Friday 06 March 2020, 10.00-13.00
This workshop will explore to what extent geographic bias (specifically a bias toward research and cases of practice and experience from high-income countries) exists in the faculty and the curricula at Imperial College London. This stems from the well-documented observation that research from prestigious institutions, many of which are in high-income countries, dominates the research publication and citation indices in the research literature. This inequity is argued by some to be the result of powerful institutions and universities in the Global North having an unfair advantage in the broader global flows of cultural and economic influence. Some argue that one’s own entrenched biases may inadvertently perpetuate this and the perceived inferiority of research from low- or middle-income contexts. From an education perspective, this curbs the potential of good research and practice supporting a well-rounded learning experience for students. This workshop is motivated by a growing interest in many higher education institutions to redress these inequalities. Many institutions have embarked on a process of “decolonizing” the curriculum and ensuring that a more diverse array of perspectives are included in our teaching and in our research. The workshop is an opportunity for you to learn more about this issue and examine your own practices.
This workshop, in partnership with the School of Public Health is part of a larger research project funded through the Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation.
Who should attend?
This half day workshop, which is part of the Inclusive Learning and Teaching series, is intended for lecturers and teaching staff with responsibility for designing sessions and teaching undergraduate and/or postgraduate students at Imperial.
- Representativeness of your curriculum’s current content
- The IAT: what it means, what it doesn’t and what to do next
- Existing barriers to including marginalised thinking and less privileged knowledge
- Critically reviewing and diversifying the sources of reading, evidence, research and methodologies used in your teaching
This workshop builds on ideas introduced in the workshop Introduction to making teaching more inclusive but you do not need to have attended that workshop in advance.
In advance of attending the workshop, participants will be required to complete an online implicit association test (IAT) and the anonymised aggregate results of this IAT will be discussed at the workshop.
Opportunity to get involved in research
After the workshop, you will be invited for a brief, voluntary individual interview about your views on this topic. We wish to conduct 10-15 interviews in total. These will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be scheduled at your convenience. A Participant Consent Form will be distributed to volunteers before the interviews.
Even if you do not choose to participate in the workshop you can still access this IAT and learn whether you may have unconscious bias towards research from certain sources.