Delivering Embedded Academic Skills Teaching to Large Groups

Harding, Natacha (2017) Delivering Embedded Academic Skills Teaching to Large Groups. In: RGS-IBG Annual Conference, 29 August - 1 September 2017, UCL. (Unpublished)

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Delivering academic skills learning either in a standalone module or within content driven sessions poses a challenge in both terms of session design and student engagement. Encouraging students to both acknowledge their own learning needs and to engage with the process of personal development can require both direct and more abstract approaches to teaching. These challenges are further increased when teaching to large groups of students. This paper will explore attempts at effective skills teaching delivery through non-academic skills focused sessions to large groups and the challenges of achieving active student engagement within such settings. The example teaching included in this session was drawn from facilitating sessions with level five students in a large group (91 students) setting which aimed to develop their understanding of applying theoretical understanding to critical contemporary issues – an essential academic skill. Through the use of small group work and debriefing, students were able to take a simple exercise – designing a prison space and regime in groups of 10 students – and understand that their decisions reflected on the theoretical teaching they had received so far. The debrief challenged and questioned their reasoning and drew out the deeper critical analysis that formed part of the overall exercise. This paper is underpinned by Astin’s (1999) exploration of student engagement, Mann’s (2001) work on alienation and engagement and Ryan and Tilbury’s (2013) analysis on flexible pedagogies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: X Education > X290 Research & study skills in education not elsewhere classified
Departments: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Natacha Harding
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 16:18
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2017 16:18

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