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CLeaR Fellows 2020 – Emma Sadera

Exploring the development and acquisition of academic cultural capital

Emma Sadera

Emma Sadera

Emma Sadera is a Professional Teaching Fellow working in the Learning and Teaching Unit in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. As a specialist in Educational Design, Emma has worked in universities in both the UK and New Zealand for the last sixteen years. She has designed, developed, assessed and taught on dozens of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and programmes across multiple disciplines, and in all teaching modes including face-to-face, blended and wholly online. She received the UABS Innovation in Teaching Award in 2015. Her research and practice interests include learning processes, widening participation, teacher and tutor development, the evaluation of teaching and learning, and curriculum design and development. Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an elected member of the University Academic Programmes Committee. She is also undertaking a part-time PhD in History.

In this CLeaR Fellowship project, Emma applied the 2020 theme of ‘Designing for Learning’ to consider the impacts of academic capital development on student learning, and in particular where there may be opportunities to transform approaches to assessment in order to increase inclusivity. This project explores how we, as educators, can interrogate assessment practices to mitigate dis/advantage associated with varied levels of academic cultural capital, by a) exploring assessment approaches which develop students’ academic capital and self-efficacy, and b) developing and disseminating alternative conceptualisations of meaningful assessment, which rethink assessment practices in order to mitigate the effects of dominant cultural capital in determining learner success.

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Rethinking assessment for equity and inclusivity (2.1MB)