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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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’.
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In this think piece, Sonia Pieczenko revisits the grade inflation question by asking whether this focus is unhelpfully skewing what we understand by a good quality HE experience.
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In this think piece, Eve Rapley revisits research and scholarship in college higher education by focusing on the role and responsibilities of university partners.
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Gail Hall looks at the role of Twitter and how it could make a positive contribution to professional development for busy college based HE teachers
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In this think piece Tom Feldges discusses the thorny issue of grade inflation and social justice, and how the college higher education student seems to have got lost somewhere in the debate.
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In this think piece, John Lea looks at the question of HE pedagogy and whether there is a distinct college HE pedagogy which we should be developing.
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In this think piece Tom Feldges looks at the roots of the term student engagement to identify some key characteristics and outlines what they demand of both staff and students.