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Teaching and Learning Politics

Standing Group

Established 2011

Number of members: 220

Convenor

  • Heidi Maurer (University of Oxford)
  • Gabriela Pleschova (Comenius University, Faculty of Arts)

Steering Committee

  • Silviu Piros (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Eszter Simon (University of Birmingham)
  • Ulrich Hamenstädt (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
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About

The Teaching and Learning Politics Standing Group promotes teaching and learning in the field of political science in Europe. The group wishes to engage all colleagues in meaningful discussion on improving the quality of political science education. We particularly support innovative learning methods taking into account the changing environment of the political science classroom. The group attempts to spread the concept of scholarship of teaching and learning with the aim of improving the recognition of pedagogy among the responsibilities of political science scholars. Membership in the group is open to all political science scholars who work in academia and are interested in teaching and learning issues.

Aims & Objectives

The purpose of this group is to promote teaching and learning in the field of political science in Europe. The primary focus of the group is on assisting those beginning their academic careers as teachers of political science. There is great variation in the provision of pedagogic training to these new colleagues across Europe, and our group seeks to disseminate best practice and call upon the experience of its members in doing so.

The group also wishes to cater to the needs of more senior political science teachers by engaging all political science scholars in meaningful discussion on improving the quality of political science education. We particularly support innovative learning methods taking into account the changing environment of the political science classroom. The group attempts to spread the concept of scholarship of teaching and learning with the aim of improving the recognition of pedagogy/teaching among the responsibilities of political science scholars. With its activities the group continues the work started by the European Political Science Network that began to advance political science education in Europe.  

Activities

  • Organization of Teaching and Learning Summer School
  • Organization of a conference on teaching and learning Political Science
  • Organization of sections and panels at the ECPR annual conference
  • Preparation of Joint Sessions workshops
  • Nomination of a candidate for European Political Science editor (Teaching and Training section)
  • Facilitation of publications on the pedagogy of Political Science teaching and learning
  • A regular newsletter to its members
  • Permanent discussion and exchange of ideas;


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