Mind the Gap: Using UK Parliamentary Sources to Enhance Teaching

Cristina Leston-Bandeira, Louise Thompson

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Online primary parliamentary sources can be of great value in teaching Parliamentrelated courses and a valuable means of promoting the development of students? research and analytical skills; particularly taking into account the research habits of the modern student population. Through a series of focus groups with politics students and a national survey of politics lecturers, the perceptions and current use of the UK Parliament website in teaching are analysed. It was found that a considerable number of lecturers are making use of the website for teaching purposes, though this is usually at a very basic and often superficial level. Barriers to the use of parliamentary resources include a lack of awareness of the types and variety of parliamentary material, difficulties in finding appropriate material on the Parliament website and a lack of understanding on the part of lecturers as to how to use this material effectively in lectures and seminars
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-33
JournalJournal of Legislative Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • UK Parliament
  • Teaching
  • Higher Education


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