Think pieces

Published think pieces from college HE practitoners. If you have an idea for a think piece or have one already written, please email the editorial team at scholarship@aoc.co.uk.

Think pieces produced in June 2015-June 2018 during the Scholarship Project can be found on the Scholarship Project website.

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In this final think piece for the scholarship project John Lea reflects on the successes of the project and on some of the areas which merit further exploration
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In this think piece Dan Amin highlights the role and importance of the UK professional standards framework for higher education teachers.
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In this think piece, Paul Kessell-Holland asks whether we know what is `good’ pedagogy in college-based higher education, and what we might do to explore this further.
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Lorna Cameron looks at the importance of teaching being led by research in HE in FE and offers some practical advice for practitioners
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Gail Hall looks at the opportunities and threats posed by the current HE policy context for FE colleges when trying to enhance social mobility for their HE students
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Sarah Crowson imagines a radical vision for higher education in further education, seeing colleges as co-operative learning spaces, and outlining what it means to put scholarship in the full service of the community.
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Gail Hall revisits the accusation that College HE is somehow `HE lite’, and counters by articulating exactly what higher education in further education offers its students.
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Bill Esmond reflects on the progress made over the last five years in forging a new professional identity for college higher education teachers and the challenges still being faced.
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In this think piece Richard Pearce and Alam Begum discuss the feasibility, desirability and challenges of building a scholarly community amongst college higher education students.
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Andy McGill reports on some of his findings from his MA research, specifically on the merits of HE and FE students sharing the same college space
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In this think piece, John Lea looks at how college HE providers could take some practical steps towards using the resources in the Scholarship Framework
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In this think piece, David Cross reports on the positive benefits to everyone involved while engaging in a small scale research project utilising the teaching method `serious games’.