Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Teaching and learning guides

This year I'm teaching a course on a subject area (art in Tudor and early Stuart Britain) that covers some new terrain for me. A lot of my time has been spent on literature searches and it was therefore a great pleasure to come across the Teaching and Learning Guides in Wiley's online sister journals Literature Compass and History Compass.  Sometimes these guides are stand-alone reviews of literature in a field, such as Peter Sillitoe's really helpful review of literature on early Stuart entertainments (including articles as well as books), and sometimes they are a cluster of recommended literature, key questions, and a suggested course outline, as in Malcolm Smuts's extensive Teaching and Learning Guide for: Politics, Print Culture and the Habermas Thesis. More commonly the teaching and learning guides are written by an author to accompany a scholarly article. So, for example, in December 2012 David Simpkin published an article on 'The English "Proto-Gentry" in the Reigns of Edward I and Edward II', and followed it with a Teaching and Learning Guide for The English "Proto-Gentry" in the Reigns of Edward I and Edward II, which offered a short list of recommended literature and online resources to access primary materials, a brief course outline suggestion, some optional focus questions, and then a suggested project idea.

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