This innovative project investigated issues related to assessment, labelling, intervention and remediation in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and brought virtually together students from three different countries: the UK, Turkey and Spain. There were three groups of 24 postgraduate students from Coventry University, four postgraduate students from Marmara University and three postgraduate researchers from Seville University. All three groups were studying developmental typical and atypical psychology. The in-class and online-delivered workshop explored the effectiveness of this novel teaching and learning procedure and successfully achieved to make students enthusiastically share their ideas with regards to whether children with SEN’s should be identified and labelled as such.
Critical discussion and debate.
Synchronous & asynchronous
Motion for Debate: “It is beneficial to label a child as having special educational needs.”
Students from each institution are allocated in two mixed groups: those arguing in favour and those arguing against the proposed statement.
International peers are enrolled on Open Moodle discussion forums with CU students. Two forums are created for respective sides of the debate.
Students read selected materials and work with peers on the same side of the argument, using the discussion forum to develop a list of points to present and defend their position.
While students are not allowed to establish communication with peers opposing the motion prior to the live debate, all students have access to the two forums to help inform their arguments and develop counter-arguments.
Students engage in a 2-hour Skype session to finalise arguments and participate in live debate.
This project has been supported by the learning technologies team at Coventry University’s Centre for Excellence in Learning Enhancement (CELE).