Aspiring to Higher Education? The complex views of secondary students:

The present paper emerged from a Q-method evaluation of the 2016-2017 Explore University programme which organised experiences for people of school age who might find value in studying higher education. The range of activities included campus visits, subject taster days, information, guidance and advice sessions in schools and summer schools. The Q-method study investigated the […]

The complexity of in-class debates in Higher Education: student perspectives on differing designs

This paper investigates students’ perspectives on the use of differing debate designs in Higher Education. Literature tells us that the use of debates provides students with a mastery of content and the development of skills such as critical thinking (Brown, 2015; Zare and Othman, 2013). However, the designs of these debates are diverse and they […]

Debating the use of in – class debates in Education Studies: A comparative investigation into the use of debates as a teaching strategy in Higher Education

This paper investigates student’s perspectives on the use of debates as an in-class teaching strategy in Higher Education. In limited research carried out in this area debates are considered to compliment other teaching strategies and provide variety in teaching to keep students actively engaged in the content (Oros, 2007). Moreover, debates are seen to provide […]

The use of in-class debates as a teaching strategy in increasing students’ critical thinking and collaborative learning skills in higher education

This paper will explore the use of debates as an in-class teaching strategy that has the potential to heighten students’ critical thinking and collaborative learning skills. Students undertaking a childhood studies degree had weekly debates that linked media represented topics to theoretical content from their current module. This module covered a range of theoretical and […]

The use of debates as a teaching strategy in increasing students’ critical thinking and collaborative learning skills in Higher Education

This paper will explore the use of debates as a teaching strategy that has the potential to heighten students’ critical thinking and collaborative learning. Students undertaking a Childhood studies degree had weekly debates that linked media represented topics to theoretical content from the module. This module covered a range of theoretical and practical perspectives in […]