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    Working with the Community: improving the learning experience for large classes

    Waddington, Shelagh B. (2001) Working with the Community: improving the learning experience for large classes. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 25 (1). pp. 67-82. ISSN 0309-8265

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    The need for students to develop skills that are of use in the wider labour market, as well as those speciŽ cally related to their degree subjects, has been widely accepted for a considerable period of time. It has also been noted that unless these skills are practised and are contextualised they tend neither to be learned, except at the most superŽ cial level, nor transferred to other situations where their use would be appropriate. This paper reports the use of projects extending over a number of sessions, involving working with local community groups, carried out within a discrete module speciŽ cally designed to facilitate the learning and practice of both geographical and transferable skills. The problems of providing an integrated approach to the learning of skills for a large group of students, with limited resources and in the context of timetable restrictions imposed by a two-subject degree structure, are addressed. The degree of learning perceived by the students is evaluated and suggestions are made for further development of this approach.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI:10.1080/03098260020026642
    Keywords: active learning; key skills; community; group work;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 4377
    Depositing User: Shelagh Waddington
    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 15:00
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Geography in Higher Education
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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