Dr Michael Scott’s teaching philosophy is devoted to bringing the ancient world back to life through the use of creative and inspiring pedagogic methodologies for research-led practice.
He uses techniques of experiential learning (e.g. a Greek symposium); encourages students as agents and directors of their own learning (e.g. in video-portal debates with students at other universities and in discussions with external specialists); and supports students in acquiring new skills to communicate their understanding (e.g. working with film directors to produce TV scripts or contributing to an online ‘sacred sites’ database). He also believes passionately in communicating with the next generation of students through writing books, presenting TV documentaries, giving talks and supporting the work of local, national and international associations – increasingly seeking to involve his undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Impact of work
What students gain from this variety of teaching and learning experiences is not only a sense of an ancient world brought to life, but also an understanding of how they learn best. They develop a strong set of transferable skills – be that in written or oral and digital presentation of arguments and ideas. They gain the ability to work as individuals and in groups and the confidence to become involved in open discussion and debate of often difficult and complex ideas. In addition, they develop a passion for, and enjoyment in, communicating their knowledge and ideas to wide audiences at the same time as the next generation of students are encouraged to delve into a world of study often not easily accessible at school level.
Plans for the future
In the future, he is keen to continue to innovate his teaching practice. In 2018, he will be introducing a new undergraduate teaching module (Ancient Global History), which will combine alternative assessments with new digital teaching tools. These include ‘Oiko’, his new web portal project which seeks to engage students and the wider public in the interconnected nature of the ancient world. He will also be working as a partner in a new national, AHRC-funded, project (‘Advocating Classics Education’) to support the teaching of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History in schools across the UK.