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Mind the Gap: Using UK Parliamentary Sources to Enhance Teaching

Thompson, L and Leston-Bandeira, CC (2013) Mind the Gap: Using UK Parliamentary Sources to Enhance Teaching The Journal of Legislative Studies, 19 (3). pp. 410-421.

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Online primary parliamentary sources can be of great value in teaching Parliamentrelated courses and a valuable means of promoting the development of students’ research and analytical skills; particularly taking into account the research habits of the modern student population. Through a series of focus groups with politics students and a national survey of politics lecturers, the perceptions and current use of the UK Parliament website in teaching are analysed. It was found that a considerable number of lecturers are making use of the website for teaching purposes, though this is usually at a very basic and often superficial level. Barriers to the use of parliamentary resources include a lack of awareness of the types and variety of parliamentary material, difficulties in finding appropriate material on the Parliament website and a lack of understanding on the part of lecturers as to how to use this material effectively in lectures and seminars

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Thompson, L
Leston-Bandeira, CC
Date : 24 June 2013
DOI : 10.1080/13572334.2013.801600
Additional Information : This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in The Journal of Legislative Studies, 2013, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 07 Oct 2014 16:36
Last Modified : 24 Dec 2014 02:08

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