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Teaching the history threshold learning outcomes to first-year students


Clark, J and Jones, A and Thomas, T and Allen, P and Cole, B and Lawrence, J and Burns, LS and Wallace, J, Teaching the history threshold learning outcomes to first-year students, Teaching the discipline of history in an age of standards, Springer Singapore, J Clark and A Nye (ed), Singapore, pp. 59-87. ISBN 978-981-13-0047-9 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2018 Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-13-0047-9_4


© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018. All rights reserved. Stakeholder ownership and implementation are crucial when applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to the development of curriculum. Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) are a case in point. While they might seem to be triumphs of managerialism over pedagogy, we argue that they can be used to build lecturers' deep engagement with the teaching of their discipline and thus foster sustainable change. By extending the professional use of TLOs, beyond the stages of agreement, establishment and early dissemination, to the point of implementation, we offer a framework for how to elicit collegial conversations to improve teaching and learning practice in history. First, we combine 'Decoding the Disciplines' methods developed by historians at Indiana University. Second, we add key principles of first-year pedagogy, associated with Sally Kift. Third, we link to Threshold Learning Outcomes. The framework is supplemented by a good practice guide that translates our theoretical model into practical strategies in teaching and assessment.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, first- year curriculum, discipline threshold concepts, decoding the disciplines
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Associate Professor Pamela Allen)
ID Code:126962
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-07-04
Last Modified:2018-12-04

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