From linear thinking to nuanced argument: transition from sixth form to university

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    Conference paper based on theoretical work around small-groups and acceptance of conflicting paradigms. The research used David Buckingham's work as a starting point to establish that schools are training a mindset that is not particularly prepared for critical thinking at undergraduate level. The findings were that holding debates and small group discussions can help develop independent intellectual ability that then improves essay writing skills. Moving students on, in practice, from 'what do I have to do to get a 2:1' to acknowledging differing perspectives and finding their own voice is a shared pedagogical challenge. Small group seminars can help with the transition from sixth form on multiple levels including the acceptance of differing paradigms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 4 Jul 2017
    EventHigher Education Academy Annual Conference: Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Jul 20176 Jul 2017

    Academic conference

    Academic conferenceHigher Education Academy Annual Conference
    Abbreviated titleHEA 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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