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‘Are you listening … are we learning?’

Abstract: This case study focuses upon one aspect of undergraduate teaching and learning via a unit of academic research and practice based within a BA (Hons) Media Production degree. Eight final year students undertook the mentoring, teaching and development of a schools radio project as part of a ‘Research and Development’ module. The paper seeks to develop two key themes: firstly, an evaluation of the usefulness of undergraduate learning via the research, development, design and management of an external project suitable for broadcast; secondly, an examination and analysis of the application and adaptation of prior learning during the mentoring process. The latter theme draws particularly from the strategies and metacognitive processes employed by the students

Author Information: Current post: 5 full (+ 5 part-time) years as a lecturer/senior lecturer in media production teaching media theory and radio/sound production practice. Previously, 15 years as a learning advisor teaching practical radio and sound production skills. Twenty-five experience in radio and music production (in various places including the BBC and the music industry).
Relevant paper: ‘Radiodyssey Conference’ – University of Sussex, Brighton 20 July 2001- ‘Live Radio Assessments -Teaching in Radio Studies’
•    First degree: BA (Hons) Combined Studies (British and American Literature as a Major/ plus Psychological Perspectives in Teaching and Learning as a Minor)
•    Postgraduate Certificate in Media: ‘Set Up in Idealism and Run on Enthusiasm? -Public service and Local Radio’
•    MA: ‘The Cultural Regeneration of BBC Radio Two’

Date: September 2002

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