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Diversity in the Training room

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I have been tasked to write guidance notes and possibly a policy for our trainers to explain how we would like to see them ensure diversity in the classroom. If i was to ask this question to a trainer "What things do you do to show and ensure diversity within your classroom" what would the likely answers be?
Paddy

3 Responses

  1. Inclusion and exclusion in the training room
    Hi Paddy

    I don’t know of any resources specifically from a training perspective but a there are a lot of resources for exclusion and inclusion in teaching adults in higher education, which probably overlaps with employee training and development.

    For example, see the Diversity Toolkit at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/resources/diversity/.

    From there, click on Resources for Multicultural Teaching and Learning which takes you to http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/resources/diversity/resources.html. From there you can access individual sites that address inclusion and exclusion in teaching, e.g., http://depts.washington.edu/cidrweb/inclusive/.

    Regarding questioning a trainer on “What things do you do to show and ensure diversity within your classroom”, possible answers can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/cidrweb/inclusive/strategies.html.

    Hope that helps.

  2. Diversity in Training Room
    I know a brilliant man who really knows about this. He produces equality and diversity proofers.Quite sure he would give you lots of free advice. Contact David at [email protected]

    And look at the Adult Learning Inspectorate materials around this theme. I recall too that Fenman produce a facility but you have to buy their goods

    Regards

    Jennifer

  3. A few ideas
    Some quick thoughts on this for you:

    I think this happens in 3 parts: before the session, at beginning of the session and during it.

    Before session: make sure you get information about any access needs people may have (eg. mobility, visual/hearing impairments) and what adjustments they would like you to make.

    Beginning of session: agree ground rules/acceptable behaviour and encourage people to let you know if there is anything you can do to make workshop fully accessible.

    During session: monitor & maintain this taking the initiative to challenge behaviour or respond to learner’s needs.

    You may also want to monitor who attends training sessions (age/gender/disability/race) and see how this matches the workforce.

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