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    Russell Square: a lifelong resource for teaching and learning

    Clarke, Richard and McKellar, E. and Symes, M. (2004) Russell Square: a lifelong resource for teaching and learning. Discussion Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London.

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    Abstract

    A quarter of a century ago, in 1978, Birkbeck College’s Faculty of Continuing Education (FCE, then the Department for Extra-Mural Studies of the federal University) moved to the offices that it now occupies in numbers 26 and 25 Russell Square. Then, as now, FCE was the one of the largest and most active extra-mural departments of any British university, with an enormous range of courses covering virtually every subject taught in ‘internal’ university departments and many more besides 1. Some of these courses have, from time to time, used Russell Square as a learning resource. Many more staff and students alike have (along with thousands of local workers, tourists and residents) used the square’s gardens for relaxation and recovery, without reflecting on its origins or present significance. This Occasional Paper examines the past and present fabric of Russell Square (‘the Square’) as a resource for teaching and learning. It is a composite narrative assembled by FCE staff whose disciplines range from nature conservation through garden history and architectural history to social policy. It deconstructs the Square as an entity and attempts to decipher some of its ‘meanings’ that provide links between subjects taught within FCE. We hope that it will stimulate discussion about the way this single ‘place’ – our Square - can be ‘seen’ or interpreted in different ways for diverse purposes, and about the way that it can be used as a resource for teaching and learning across disciplines.

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    Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
    Additional Information: FCE Occasional Paper no.5 - ISBN: 090790423
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Richard Clarke
    Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2013 11:08
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/8259

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