Threshold Concepts Through Enactive Learning: How effective are they in the study of European Politics?

Elena A. Korosteleva-Polglase

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Abstract

Studying European Politics can be a challenge! And this is not surprising: even the best scholarly minds of European politics often struggle to give precise definition to such a young, but already so complex and constantly evolving polity as the European Union, and are increasingly at odds with identifying its prospects for survival. One way to achieve a better understanding of the subject is to utilize a threshold concept approach, which is essentially a “less is more” approach that chooses to work with a few “founding” concepts, and identifies a “road map” for independent learning of broader but essentially inter-connected issues of the discipline. The threshold concept approach becomes even more effective if combined with enactive learning—that is, learning-by-doing, through role taking and simulation of the threshold concepts during seminars. Such learning evidently exceeds the boundaries of conventional knowledge and becomes a useful transferable investment for the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
JournalInternational Studies Perspectives
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Feb 2010

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