The problem with learning styles

Learning styles theory proposes that educators use students’ learning style preferences to differentiate their teaching, and thus enhance learning. This theory is persistent and widespread, yet there is little evidence to support it and it has been thoroughly discredited. Although seemingly harmless, belief in preferred learning styles can negatively influence students’ choice of subject, and …

Decolonising English Language Teaching Pedagogy

The global spread of English and English language teaching (ELT) is rooted in colonialism. English is often promoted as a de-territorialized language and a decolonizing tool. However, literature shows that ELT still maintains traces of colonialism, despite writers addressing this over several decades. Recent literature demonstrates that English is still negatively associated with colonial history …

Dealing with change

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) conducted a report researching into the black and minority ethnic (BME) student experience in 2018. This research found that UCA enables a positive learning experience for such students but it is not immune from contributing factors that can influence a student’s experience learning in a negative way (Dixon-Smith, …

Decolonising assessment: finding the hidden codes

Decolonisation of assessment has many different meanings for learners and educators in higher education. For me, the term ‘decolonisation of assessment’ comes across as trou- blesome knowledge because I’ve so far had no experience of doing summative assess- ment, and only briefly participated formative assessment in my role. From researching the topic, reflecting on my …

Decolonising Assessment toolkit – Team Mercury

Before we can begin to decolonise assessment, we first need to orientate ourselves towards the them of decolonisation itself. This toolkit begins with an artwork created by Laura Blight specifically to visualise the complex dynamics at play within decolonisation. The authors then explain the relationship between decolonisation and assessment, and provide a helpful flow diagram …

Decolonising Assessment toolkit – Team Mars

Team Mars provide some quick tips and suggestions for decolonising assessment in creative disciplines. Suggested citation: Turner, L., Laketu, T., Brook, D., Thomas, A., Bronte, J. and Nowson, K. (2021) Decolonising Assessment toolkit. Journal of Useful Investigations in Creative Education. Published on 25th October 2021 | Photo by Andrew Stutesman on Unsplash

Decolonising Assessment toolkit – Team Earth

This toolkit presents three approaches to decolonising assessment. In 'opening the space to talk', the authors use bell hooks' belief that 'the professor must genuinely value everyone's presence' before planning assessment. In 'framing and context', the authors highlight how we need to pay attention to how we give formative assessment and feedback. In 'access and …