Teaching and Assessment strategies to promote critical thinking

Presentation by Dr Jacqueline Hayden, Department of Political Science, TCD to a PSAI Teaching and Learning round table on the teaching  and assessment strategies used in a small group teaching and learning seminar where students self-select the issues they wish to focus on throughout the academic year.  Premised on the idea of inculcating interdisciplinary thinking, it promotes student ownership of their own learning process and prioritises teaching methodologies which develop lifelong transferrable skills.PO4690_Teaching and Learning

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Conference: Teaching Politics in our Universities

Conference : Teaching politics in our Universities: Inspiring, inciting and enlightening

On September 18th 2015, the PSAI teaching and learning specialist group held a one-day conference on “Teaching politics in our universities : inspiring, inciting and enlightening”. It brought together students, academics, the media, politicians, educationalists and managers to discuss the significance of education in, for and about politics in our institutions of higher education.

The conference started with a keynote speech by Professor John Craig on “Linking academic study and practice“.

It also hosted a panel discussion on “Why teaching and learning politics is important for society” that included Senator Fiach MacConghail (Director Abbey Theatre), Lorraine McIlrath (Community Knowledge Initiative, NUIG), Noel Whelan (Barrister and media commentator) and Michelle O’Donnell Keating (Women for election and DCU).

Innovative approaches to teaching and learning in politics were also showcased :

The conference was jointly funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the PSAI.

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Teaching and the 2011 General Election

The upcoming general election offers rich potential for teaching/leading research on the topic of Irish (electoral) politics with undergraduate and postgraduate students!

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Service learning in the postgraduate classroom – UCC

Information on an initative to incorporate service learning into a module on political participation and mobilisation can be found here . And here is a photo showing some of those who took part:

My vote, my voice

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About this site

The specialist group plan to use this website to share information on teaching and learning good practice, to showcase innovative approaches and to highlight research in this area. All posts, comments, articles, photos, videos etc are welcome.

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Welcome to the new webpage for the Teaching and Learning specialist grouping of the Political Studies Association of Ireland! Keep checking in for new exciting developments and materials…

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