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Threshold capabilities: an emerging methodology to locate curricula thresholds

Sally A Male, Caroline Baillie, W Hernandez (ed.)

Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2011, REES 2011 | UNIV POLITECNICA MADRID | Published : 2011


Threshold concept theory is an important recent advance in discipline-based Higher Education research. The theory proposes that within disciplines there are critical concepts that are both transformational and troublesome for students. By identifying and investigating these concepts it is possible to focus curricula. This paper describes a methodology to identify and investigate threshold concepts, which is then developed and tested in a global study. The methodology involves two major phases: identification of potential threshold concepts using interviews and focus groups with students, tutors, and academics discussing thresholds in one unit or discipline; and negotiation across unit, disci..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Support for this research has been provided from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Leaning and Teaching Council Ltd. Support for the regional workshops was provided by the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. Support for the collaboration with Birmingham and Oxford Universities has been provided by a UWA Research Collaboration Award.