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Connecting lectures to current affairs: the “letters to newspapers” assignment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Raksha Pande, Dr Sam Jeffrey, Professor Nick Megoran, Dr Richard Young


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This paper presents the experiences of teaching political geography, in a level 2 BA course, with the use of an innovative assignment – the letters to newspapers assignment. We provide here the aims, rationale and a detailed outline of the assignment. We also discuss student feedback from 67 questionnaires and 2 focus groups. Our findings suggest that the assignment was instrumental in (a) enabling the students to see concepts in action, that is to link abstract ideas with real-world issues and (b) initiating a move away from passive learning towards supporting students to actively and critically reflect upon their relationship with the world.

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Author(s): Pande R, Jeffrey A, Megoran N, Young RG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Year: 2013

Volume: 37

Issue: 2

Pages: 220-229

Print publication date: 23/10/2012

ISSN (print): 0309-8265

ISSN (electronic): 1466-1845

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2012.730508


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