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Disciplinary knowledge practices in distance education: Testing a new methodology for teaching enhancement in history

Macdonald, Janet and Black, Aileen (2010). Disciplinary knowledge practices in distance education: Testing a new methodology for teaching enhancement in history. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 9(1) pp. 69–86.

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There has been much discussion in this journal of the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning. Indeed the effective enhancement of teaching and learning is more likely to take place when generic lessons are contextualized within the language of the discipline, and adapted to the needs of the students. We describe here a study of the teaching practice of distance tutors on a History course, who were given the opportunity for extended reflection on the demands of the course, and to consider their aims and share their strategies, stimulated by ideas from threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge. In line with common practice in a distance environment, the reflection process took place in a workshop followed by participation in an online group, hosted on a wiki.We illustrate the significant or difficult areas of the course that staff reported, and describe their intentions and some of the strategies that they used for helping students with these critical areas. We propose a new approach to professional development which begins with reflection on the demands of the course itself and its students before considering appropriate facilitation strategies to meet those specific demands.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 The Authors
ISSN: 1741-265X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetQAA Scotland
Not SetNot SetHEA
Keywords: professional development; discipline knowledge practices; online communities
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 19840
Depositing User: Users 772 not found.
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 14:37
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 13:08
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