HEA Economics Network. Project: Students’ Magazine on Current Economic Affairs 2009 Willem Spanjers School of Economics Kingston University. HEA Economics Network. Headline Investigate potential for developing a teaching / learning / assessment vehicle which
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Students’ Magazine on Current Economic Affairs
School of Economics
Investigate potential for
developing a teaching / learning / assessment vehicle
models aspects of the production of a current affairs magazine,
(i) to be less technically ambitious and
(ii) to give greater attention to the application of concepts and techniques;
The developmental project will address, inter alia:
Main activity of the project
Internal benchmarking against the requirements of
the project of:
Disappointing enrolment in BA Applied Economics
An alternative approach:
- In part, this may run against the purpose of the BSc courses to emphasise technical aspects of theoretical and empirical Economics
2.Reducing the scope of the magazine to be a newsletter.
- Such newsletter could be based on short summaries of essays, reports and dissertations, to appear 2 or 3 times per year.
- It would depend on students’ willingness to submit the necessary material.
3.Create incentives for students to submit material.
- Both a magazine and a newsletter crucially depend on students’ willingness to submit the necessary material.
- Creating appropriate incentive requires making such contributions part of the assessment regime of modules.
- For BA and MA students this would be fine, but for BSc and MSc students less so.
Results of the Benchmarking:
- The magazine can be provided in an electronic format using standard software, which minimizes material expense.
- The requirements regarding space needs and staff time are expected to be within reasonable limits, depending on the specifics of the project.
- Students would need to be offered more opportunity to develop their writing and communication skills to enable a sufficiently large number of students to participate in the project.
- Current strains on management capacity restrict the available time of appropriately qualified staff.
It is possible to attach assessment elements, but this would require significant changes in the assessment strategy of a number of modules.
Communication skills are currently obtaining a stronger emphasis, creating opportunities for future sharing of good practice.
Staff at the Faculty’s Journalism courses are open for cooperation on developing an economics magazine in one form or another.