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Decolonizing the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum: An Account of How to Start

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JournalJOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION
DateAccepted/In press - 2021
DateE-pub ahead of print - 18 Oct 2021
DatePublished (current) - 1 Jan 2022
Volume99
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)5-9
Early online date18/10/21
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Discussions on decolonizing the curriculum are common in Humanities and Social Science Faculties but still rare in the Physical Sciences. In this commentary, we describe the work we have conducted to begin decolonizing and diversifying our undergraduate chemistry curriculum. We also discuss what it means to decolonize chemistry and reflect on why it is an important thing to do. Finally, we discuss a number of different strategic approaches that could be followed to decolonize an undergraduate chemistry curriculum.

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We thank all the members of the Department of Chemistry’s “Decolonizing and Diversifying the Curriculum” Steering Group for their contributions to the project. We also thank Dr. Derek Wann and Professor Duncan Bruce for their strong support of the project, and Jess Penn and Jan Ball-Smith of the University of York’s Inclusive Learning Team for useful discussions. Finally, we acknowledge financial support from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inclusion and Diversity Fund (ref 147622640) to further our work to decolonize and diversify our department.

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© 2021 American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

    Research areas

  • Cultural Relevance, Curriculum, Inclusive Teaching, Minorities in Chemistry, Women in Chemistry

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