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This issue contains articles on:           Empowering
Students’Empowering students’ is a phrase often bandied about.
However, it means many different things and, Lee Harvey and Alison Burrows
(Birmingham Polytechnic), debate how serious we really are about giving students
control over the educational process and their post-educational lives.The
SeminarFollowing on from his article on student essays (The New Academic 1.2), Graham Gibbs (Oxford Centre for Staff
Development) now turns his attention to the seminar.Competence or Competences?
Holism or Vocationalism in Higher Education?Sue Otter (Nottingham
Polytechnic) has completed a large-scale study of the outcomes of higher
educations. In this article she looks at what is meant by competence.Franchising and Training in
Malaysia: minah birds and major developmentsGina and Alistair
Wisker (Anglia Polytechnic and Bedford College of HE) give an account of their
trip to Singapore to deliver a participative inservice course for staff in three
colleges in preparation for franchise with Anglia Polytechnic.Turning Art Education Inside
OutThe Department of Art and Design’s ‘Artist in Residence Scheme’.
John Cockram describes this new component of the Polytechnic of East London’s BA
(Hons) Degree Course in Fine
Art.The Student Learning
Contract on the HND Packaging Design Course at WSCADSeymour
Roworth-Stokes (West Surrey College of Art and Design) examines the use of the
‘student learning contract’ at his institution.Creativity in a ‘Learning
Culture’, or the Joy of Asking QuestionsCan the processes involved
in creating a piece of artwork be transferred to more intellectual activities
such as essay writing and project work? Anna Muthesius (West Surrey College of
Art and Design) says yes they
can.From Product to Process:
negotiated study in art and designTom Jones (Birmingham Institute
of Art and Design) asks the question most of us would like an answer to: “How
can we provide more with less and still maintain
quality?”Teaching Under the
MicroscopeChris Osborne (Middlesex Polytechnic) examines the
scaled-down ‘teacher-in-training’ activity known as microteaching.Peer Support for Improved
TeachingAs an enthusiastic fan of student self- and
peer-assessment, Sally Brown (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic) explores how
these powerful educational techniques can be applied to teaching.Classroom Observation and
FeedbackRoy Tremlett (South Bank Polytechnic) looks at what is a
powerful development tool, both for trainee and experienced teachers.Consortium Collaboration in
Higher EducationDavid Bridges (University of East Anglia) describes
how the Eastern Region Teacher Education Consortium (ERTEC) has shown not only
that cross institutional collaboration is possible, but that it brings with it
benefits.Electronic Support for
Collaborative LearningBeen put off using Computer Aided Learning?
Peter Goodyear (Lancaster University) may have the answer in his very different
approach to its use.

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