Diversity Education and Identity Development in an Information Technology Course
New Directions for Teaching and Learning Volume 111, ISSN 0271-0633
A particular educational challenge for universities that are not located in major metropolitan areas rich in demographic diversity is how to prepare those in the future labor force to value diversity and understand the ways in which their behaviors can contribute to or detract from a welcoming climate. Building on an analytical framework developed for diversity and IT research (Trauth and others, 2006) and an existing framework for culturally inclusive teaching (Wlodkowski and Ginsberg, 1995), the authors created a diversity-focused career preparation course called "Human Diversity in the Global Information Economy." Through readings, discussions, and team-based case scenarios, students in the course explored multiple diversity issues--including gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and age. The authors recommend that faculty who develop courses similar to "Human Diversity in the Global Information Economy" should design learning activities that challenge students to examine their own identity in terms of power and privilege as a necessary correlate to doing research on the relationship between diversity, creativity and inventiveness, and success.
Trauth, E.M., Johnson, R.N., Morgan, A., Huang, H. & Quesenberry, J. (2007). Diversity Education and Identity Development in an Information Technology Course. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 111, 81-87.