Chris McInerney awarded PSAI teaching award

- Mon, September 21, 2015 - 11:43

At an event in Dublin on Friday, September 18, Chris McInerney, Lecturer in Politics and Public Administration in UL, was presented with a special award by the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) for Leadership and Scholarship of Problem Based Learning in Political Science in 2014.   The presentation was based on the use of Problem Based Learning with undergraduate and post graduate students over a number of years and related research activity.

The award, was presented at a specially convened seminar ‘Teaching politics in our universities: inspiring, inciting and enlightening’, which was organised by Dr. Brid Quinn (UL) and Dr. Clodagh Harris, (UCC) on behalf of the PSAI Teaching and Learning specialist group. The event was co-funded by the PSAI and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning  in Higher Education.  Speaking at the event, the chair of the judging panel, Professor John Craig, formerly of the UK Higher Education Academy, traced the evolution of approaches to teaching of politics and emphasised the importance of linking the theory and practice of politics to enhance student learning.  At the event, Dr. Theresa Reidy of UCC also received an award for excellence in the teaching of politics.