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 :
- Dr. Clodagh Harris (UCC) and Dr. Brid Quinn (UL) : Overview of teaching, assessment and professional development praxis in Ireland’s politics departments.
- Dr Chris McInerney (UL) : Into the Secret Garden ‐ Using Problem Based Learning to cultivate engagement with politics and public administration.
- Dr John Hogan (DIT) and Dr Sharon Feeney (DIT) : Using drawings to create a critical and collaborative learning space in the study of Irish politics.
- Dr Theresa Reidy (UCC) and Ms Fiona Buckley (UCC) : Tweets, Tweeting and the Political Science Classroom.
- Dr Adrian Kavanagh (NUI Maynooth) : Teaching politics through Geography : Role-play, print media/social media and critical assignments.
The conference was jointly funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the PSAI.