New rooms for modern teaching

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An award winning Angus College department opened the doors of its refurbished premises to students past and present last week.

On Friday depute principal Jackie Howie cut the ribbon at the state of the art accommodation for the social science department.

The event marked the beginning of a new era in teaching the social sciences at Angus College with two rooms specifically designed to deliver cooperative learning to diverse groups.

Cooperative learning is a teaching methodology which is all about using the diversity of groups as a benefit not a problem.

It fosters both creativity and independent learning which is a perfect way of delivering the Curriculum for Excellence and giving students the skills and attributes required for a global society.

It is changed days according to course leader Cherry Hopton. She said: “When I first arrived at Angus College, social science was taught in a temporary building.

“Now our expertise in Cooperative Learning is being recognised with improved accommodation which will see us well into the future as the newly merged Dundee and Angus College. It’s a fantastic step forward!”

The social sciences department encompasses criminology, urban sociology, social control, popular culture and Scottish history using diverse assessment methods such as filmmaking with local filmmaker Ross Bull.