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Diversifying curricula: how are people of colour represented in lecture slide images?

Ahn, Mi Young, Quinlan, Kathleen M., Adewumi, Barbara (2023) Diversifying curricula: how are people of colour represented in lecture slide images? Teaching in Higher Education, . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1356-2517. E-ISSN 1470-1294. (doi:10.1080/13562517.2023.2283725) (KAR id:104189)


Diversifying higher education curricula has been called for as one way to reduce racial inequalities in higher education. This study makes an original contribution by focusing on images of people in lecture slides. We explored how people of colour versus white individuals were portrayed in images (n = 250) used in lecture slides in four first-year core social sciences modules and whether the images were likely to be ‘inspiring’ to racially minoritised students. Drawing on visual content analysis used in textbook studies and thematic analysis, we developed a novel method of analysing lecture slide images. Only 12% of the images presented people of colour in positive, non-stereotyped and active roles that could be described as inspiring. People of colour were less likely to be presented and less likely to be featured exclusively in an image than white people. By applying a Critical Race Theory framework, we discuss implications for curricular reform.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13562517.2023.2283725
Uncontrolled keywords: Hidden curriculum; culturally sensitive curriculum; visual content analysis; racial inequalities; higher education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Barbara Adewumi
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 11:46 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 15:18 UTC
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