Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
Threshold concepts are ideas or ways of looking at things that enable a deep grasp of something in the world; the phrase ‘threshold’ signifies the crossing that a learner is enable to make between superficial knowledge and a deeper and irreversible understanding. The Threshold concepts introductory tool is for anyone wishing to understand and apply a cluster of ideas around threshold concepts and the learning that occurs when students encounter troublesome ideas that transform their understanding of a particular discipline, or part of it. This transformation can be in terms of new knowledge, new methods, a new identity, or new practices, and it is most often characterised as a portal or threshold through which the learner must pass. The tool is designed for those new to teaching, and experienced teachers and lecturers who would like quick access to threshold concepts and the related pedagogy. It provides an overview and definitions, examples and applications, critical responses and resources.
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