Aim was that students display skills of criticism, comparison and judgement
Lomax (2004, p. 1) says that “success has many parents, and the trend to low inflation is no exception. But there is a broad consensus that better monetary policies run by more independent and more open central banks can claim a significant share of the credit”. Constructively criticise this perspective with reference to a range of literature.
“the most difficult module I took, but also the most rewarding”
“difficult assessment, but an important skill to develop”
Students seemed to put in more effort to make sure they didn’t lose face in front of their friends (peer pressure).
Students marked generally harder but remained positive about module
“I do not see the relevance of discussion, apart from the building of confidence”
“hard to know what was going to come up”
“More structure (in assessed discussions) needed…difficult to know if a point is being laboured”
“it took my time away from study for other modules”
“I think this assessed discussion was a lot harder than the last one due to the lack of information accessible to me, whereas before there were around 50 journals [articles], this time I struggled to find 5”
Don’t follow this path!
It takes too much time and effort!
Try this pluralistic teaching method.
It might even increase the utility you receive from teaching!