Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in an Irish Context Mission Impossible?

O’Sullivan, Sara (2011) Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in an Irish Context Mission Impossible? Teaching Sociology, 39 (3). pp. 303-319. ISSN 0092-055X

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Abstract

This article reports on an Irish study that examines the teaching of large, introductory-level sociology courses at a research-intensive university. The study’s aim was to ameliorate some of the problems associated with large classes by applying key lessons from the U.S. literature to an Irish setting. Overall, the initiative was successful; attendance improved, student evaluations were positive, and the numbers of students continuing with sociology increased. The study illustrates that these lessons can be applied successfully in countries with a broadly similar sociology curriculum and suggests that there is scope to extend what Howard (2010) calls “the teaching and learning movement in sociology” beyond the United States. The results indicate that simple changes lead to gains in student learning. There is therefore a value in sociologists exploring the transferability of other techniques that may be applicable to the Irish classroom.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 20:28
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 20:30
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3361

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