Early Career Academics' Reflections On Learning To Teach In Central Europe

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The book contains studies from how participants of an educational development programme offered at the University of Economics in Bratislava and Masaryk University in Brno have integrated acquired knowledge and skills with their pedagogic practice. The chapters are written as case studies of good practice or case studies of problematic issues encountered in the participants’ teaching. Relying on the relevant literature, each case study describes one or two pedagogic concepts that informed the change that the participant introduced in their teaching. The chapters are grouped according to a teaching challenge faced by the author and form five clusters (with two or three chapters each). A commentary by an external expert (educationalist) accompanies each group of chapters to highlight its theoretical and practical implications. The book is thus framed by a theory-to-practice link that is so vital to good educational development.

The book is edited by Gabriela Pleschová and Agnes Simon (ISBN: 978-1-902435-63-3).

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Introducing Educational Development for University Teachers in Central EuropeChapter 1: Using cut-ups and and topic maps in semiotic analysis seminars to enhance student participation, interest and knowledgeChapter 2: Group work as a tool to improve participation and overcome fear of foreign languages among non-native English speakersCluster 1 Commentary: Young Academics' stories from learning to teach; Taking the plunge into group workChapter 3: 'Design your own flying carpet': Helping students to master research proposal writingChapter 4: Using the flipped classroom approach to teach qualitative comparative analysisCluster 2 Commentary: Stepping stones in a learning journey as a university teacherChapter 5: Does active learning work? The experiences of Brno and Tehran psychology studentsChapter 6: Student perception of active learning methods in a political science course Cluster 3 Commentary: Activating teaching methods - Multiple perspectives for educational developmentChapter 7: Life after academia; preparing students for successful collaborationChapter 8: Enhancing formative assessment as a way of boosting students’ performance and achieving learning outcomes
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