The Teaching and Learning Politics (TLP) standing group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) invites applications for its biannual summer school on teaching and learning the Social Sciences, to be held in hotel Premium****, Bratislava, Slovakia, from June 26 to July 4, 2016.
The purpose of the summer school is to enhance participants’ teaching practice by introducing them to the principles of student-centred education. The school will draw upon best practice in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and will offer a combination of practical and theoretical sessions.
The summer school runs for nine days. Each day will consist of three panels covering a variety of topics, a reading session, and individual consultations with the summer school instructors. Following are the topics to be covered:
- course design and lesson planning
- course alignment
- teaching small and large groups (using traditional activities and newer designs);
- teaching academic writing;
- online teaching and learning;
- tutoring and supervision;
- evaluation and teacher development.
All sessions will be organized in an interactive way, encouraging the connection between theoretical knowledge and its practical application in various fields of the Social Sciences. In the later part of the summer school, all participants will be invited to design and present an example of a change in their courses based on what they have learnt during the program. All presented examples will receive detailed feedback from the session leaders.
How to submit the application
The applications should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably as one file (for example one Word or rtf. document including first the CV, then the motivation letter[including a request and reasons for an individual grant if applicable], the teaching philosophy). The application files should be named using the applicants’ first name_surname, e.g eszter_simon.doc.
Application deadline: February 20, 2016
Criteria for choosing the participants
All applications will be reviewed by a small committee, which will assess applicants by the following criteria:
- applicants’ level of interest for participating in the program, as seen in the reasons given for wanting to participate and in the overall consistency of the application,
- applicants’ level of commitment to work as a teacher, as seen in applicants’ reflection on their past experience teaching, both positive and negative, as well as in their future plans,
- general quality of the application, as seen by the overall consistency of the application, the quality of writing, and the length and completeness of ideas.
All applicants should be informed by the result of their application by March 30, 2016.
If you have inquiries, please address them to Gabriela Pleschová at email@example.com