Diversity in teaching moves beyond the principle of equal opportunity which ensures that no student should be disadvantaged by curriculum content or teaching and assessment methods. It capitalises on the diversity of the student body and sees this as a strength rather than a weakness.
When considering diversity in teaching, account may need to be taken of race, age, religion and belief, gender, parenthood, sexual orientation and disability. This is not an exhaustive list but does indicate some of the more common aspects of the subject. Teaching for diversity requires appropriate choice of content, appropriate behaviour of the teacher, and appropriate management of student behaviour.Original author: Paul Yates