Students’ acquisition of a threshold concept in childhood and youth studies

Ashworth, Helen (2015) Students’ acquisition of a threshold concept in childhood and youth studies. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 53 (1). pp. 94-103. ISSN 1470-3297

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This paper follows undergraduate students’ engagement with the concept of childhood presented to them during a year-long childhood and youth studies module. Through the application of ‘threshold concepts’ as concepts which transform students’ understandings of a subject, the challenges of learning new ideas or concepts of childhood are described. Findings from the qualitative research presented show students’ prior understandings are deeply embedded. The conclusion discusses the pedagogical implications of students ‘unlearning’ prior knowledge and suggests effective practice in encouraging a more reflective approach. Although discipline specific, the findings will be useful to the teaching and learning of concepts that challenge or undermine students’ personal understandings of them.

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Keywords: childhood, threshold concepts, learning challenges, students, tutors
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Emma Katz
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 11:01
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 11:12

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