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Teaching Diversity: Using a Multifaceted Approach to Engage Students

PS: Political Science and Politics Volume 45, Number 3, ISSN 1049-0965


The traditional format for teaching courses to undergraduate students has long been that of lecture when professors speak and students listen. However, as times have evolved so too have the pedagogical methods in the classroom. In teaching a course on diversity and discrimination in the society, this instructor opted to combine several teaching methods as a means of not only conveying the substantive material to the class but, more importantly, engaging the students at an interactive learning level. By combining traditional lecture with watching/discussing documentaries and incorporating structured student debate, a dynamic learning environment was created. As a result of incorporating the students into every aspect of the class, the students learned from both the instructor and students alike. Thus, the use of this multifaceted approach created a positive and engaging learning environment for the whole class.


Auerbach, A.H. (2012). Teaching Diversity: Using a Multifaceted Approach to Engage Students. PS: Political Science and Politics, 45(3), 516-520. Retrieved September 16, 2019 from .

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