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Edited By: Martin Coward and Kyle Grayson

Impact Factor: 0.49

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 106/161 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-9256

Associated Title(s): The British Journal of Politics & International Relations, Political Insight, Political Studies, Political Studies Review

Virtual Issue - Learning and Teaching

Editorial: Valentina Feklyunina (Associate Editor) on behalf of the Politics Editorial Team

We are pleased to introduce a virtual issue on Learning and Teaching. Politics is the premier outlet in the UK for research in learning and teaching in Politics and International Studies. This reflects our commitment to publishing cutting edge pedagogic research and providing a forum for sharing best practice (Coward et al, 2012). Recent changes in the UK higher education system associated with the rise of undergraduate tuition fees have highlighted the importance of this role. More broadly, in a considerably more competitive environment, Politics and International Studies departments worldwide are increasingly concerned with maintaining and enhancing the quality of their teaching performance and their attractiveness to potential students. We hope that this renewed focus on learning and teaching will invigorate pedagogic research and lead to greater recognition of its importance.


Democratising the Learning Process: The Use of Twitter in the Teaching of Politics and International Relations
Alasdair Blair
Published in Volume 33, Issue 2

Methods Teaching through a Discipline Research-Oriented Approach
Cristina Leston-Bandeira
Published in Early View

Contextualising the Teaching of Statistics in Political Science
Katharine Adeney and Sean Carey
Published in Volume 29, Issue 3

In Defence of Pluralism in the Teaching of Ontology and Epistemology

Stephen R Bates and Laura Jenkins
Published in Volume 27, Issue 3

What Feedback do Students Want?
Alasdair Blair, Steven Curtis, Mark Goodwin & Sam Shields
Published in Volume 33, Issue 1

Harnessing Political Theory to Facilitate Students' Engagement with Graduate ‘Employability’: A Critical Pyramid Approach
Fidelma Ashe
Published in Volume 32, Issue 2

The Policy Brief: Building Practical and Academic Skills in International Relations and Political Science
James D. Boys and Michael F. Keating
Published in Volume 29, Issue 3

Making Short Politics Placements Work
Steven Curtis, Barrie Axford, Alasdair Blair, Caroline Gibson, Richard Huggins and Philippa Sherrington
Published in Volume 29, Issue 1

Teaching Politics: Graduate Students as Tutors
Richard Hayton
Published in Volume 28, Issue 3