This guide expands on and engages with the recommendations and best practice on embedding inclusive practice within academic programmes, outlined in the Inclusive Curriculum Development Framework for Addressing Degree-Awarding Gaps, with a focus on evaluating reading lists.
The information below is provided as a starting point for a challenging topic, and is likely to evolve over time.
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The following questions can help you to evaluate your reading list.
Adapted from UAL Decolonising reading lists CC BY-NC 4.0
In addition to the reading list content, you must also consider the accessibility of your reading list and the formats you are listing. Please see Inclusive practice checklist, point 1 Accessibility on City's Inclusive Curriculum Development Framework & approaches.
Reading Lists should:
Students can suggest new titles for CityLibrary via the Liberating CityLibrary scheme. The scheme aims to improve the diversity of the collections, amplify underrepresented voices, recognise multi-dimensional identities and create a sense of belonging at City, by empowering students to choose books so they can see themselves represented in the collections.
Books chosen by library users can be viewed on the Liberating CityLibrary reading list or can be found on CityLibrary Search using the search term 'LiberatingCity' and then filtered by subject area. You may wish to consider adding these titles to your lists.
Please refer back to Inclusive practice checklist, point 2 Reflective of, or meaningful to, the learners you work with? on City's Inclusive Curriculum Development Framework & approaches.
Below are some examples of resources you can use to expand your reading lists.
Consider including a range of formats, such as multi-media resources, to accommodate a range of learning styles.
Many of City's databases also offer useful filters for finding more diverse sources.