Teaching and learning tricky topics
Teaching and learning tricky topics

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Teaching and learning tricky topics

2 Tricky topics theories

In Week 1 of this course you read about the pedagogical underpinning of threshold concepts and tricky topics. Look back and reflect on the literature of theory and research you met in Week 1.

Activity 3 Reflecting on tricky topic theory

Timing: Allow approximately 15 minutes

Think about these questions:

  • What have you learned about the theory and research of threshold concepts and tricky topics that is relevant to you and your teaching context?
  • What has been done to improve the knowledge of tricky topics in your subject area? Who has made a difference?
  • What research exists into the tricky topics in your subject area?
  • How has that research (or new theories) impacted on the teaching and learning of tricky topics in your subject area?
  • Where is the bulk of research happening?
  • What countries?
  • Why there?
  • Who are the key people developing the theories?

If there is no research or development of new theories happening in your subject area, why might that be? What can be done to improve the situation?

Make notes about the developments of tricky topics theory/research in your subject area, by reflecting on Week 1 and answering some or all of the questions above.

To use this interactive functionality a free OU account is required. Sign in or register.
Interactive feature not available in single page view (see it in standard view).

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371