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Diversity as a Natural Occurrence: An Enrichment Strategy of Peer Learning

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Interactive Learning Environments Volume 26, Number 1, ISSN 1049-4820


Business educators are concerned with integrating diversity-related topics and seek methods by which to teach them. This paper suggests that as classes become more heterogeneous, the opportunity to examine diverse perspectives and experiences naturally arises in the course of class assignments and activities. The differential experiences of majorities and minorities are revealed when students discuss and write about their own experiences related to the content of various business courses. The issues of self and group identity and perceptions of others emerge in the context of small group discussions when students share their experiences as recorded in learning logs, personal cases, research assignments, and typical class discussions. The opportunity for community learning in heterogeneous groups provides a forum for diverse perspectives and experiences to be shared. Students and professors learn about different perceptions and reactions to personal and current events as well as their own perspectives, creating a culture of inclusion in the class. Implications and suggestions for a wider application of our methods to a global context are also offered.


Crocitto, M.M., Walsh, L.D., Murphy, A. & Keefe, M.A. (2018). Diversity as a Natural Occurrence: An Enrichment Strategy of Peer Learning. Interactive Learning Environments, 26(1), 61-74. Retrieved January 24, 2020 from .

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