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Embedding Threshold Concepts - a project of the Institute for Education Policy Research at Staffordshire University

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This project aims to improve students’ understanding in economics by developing first year undergraduates’ acquisition of threshold concepts. Threshold concepts were developed as part of the Enhancing Teaching-Learning Environments in Undergraduate Courses (ETL) Project and our work is to extend the identification of these concepts and to assess ways of embedding these in the first year curriculum. Our application concerns both students on specialist economics degrees and non-specialists, for instance those on business degrees.

The project began in September 2004 and continued until September 2008. The funding is by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) under the Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning. Both the main and transferability phases of the project have now been completed. The Higher Education Academy's review considered it "...an extremely successful project". Both the Academy and the project's evaluator and considered that this has been "...an exemplary project in addressing issues in teaching and learning in HE in general and in economics in particular".

The main partners in the project are Coventry University, the University of Durham, Staffordshire University and the University of the West of England. The project is hosted at Staffordshire University and is directed by Professor Peter Davies (tel. 01782 294273 and email p.i.davies@staffs.ac.uk) and managed by Jean Mangan (tel. 01782 294096 and email j.t.mangan@staffs.ac.uk). The postal address for the project can be found below.

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