European Political Science

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 209–219

the role of a VLE in the teaching of political concepts and reasoning

  • Chik Collins
  • Brian Slocock
  • Lucy Hughes
Teaching and Training

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210078

Cite this article as:
Collins, C., Slocock, B. & Hughes, L. Eur Polit Sci (2006) 5: 209. doi:10.1057/palgrave.eps.2210078

Abstract

This article reports the results of a small-scale research project on the role of a virtual learning environment (VLE) in the teaching of political concepts and reasoning in the fourth year of a Scottish honours degree programme. It suggests that here the kind of dynamic facilitated by traditional face-to-face seminar discussions is very important, but not easy to recreate in the VLE. Nonetheless, students find at least significant complementary learning opportunities in the VLE. Where possible, a combination of formats seems appropriate.

Keywords

politicsteachingvirtual learning environmentsVygotsky

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© European Consortium for Political Research 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chik Collins
    • 1
  • Brian Slocock
    • 1
  • Lucy Hughes
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences, University of PaisleyPaisleyScotland