Part 3 – Focus Group with Political Parties
Linking to part 2, a focus group consisting of panel members from various political parties will be set up. Each student will have the opportunity to interview each of the stakeholders about their political parties and their beliefs around key issues affecting the students. After speaking to the political parties, the students will be asked to look at the mental maps they made in part 1 and to adjust them according to their new found knowledge from the stakeholders. Each student will be asked to reflect and write about their focus group experience and the winning article will be published in the Opinion Editorial.
Politics is a topic that is relevant to everyone and effects everyone in different ways. This teaching resource aims to get the perspectives of our young people on politics both locally and globally, and gives them the opportunity to identify what they feel are the most important issues that the political parties should be working for.
The students will use both their previous knowledge and knowledge learned in lectures and put these skills learned into practice. They will be given the opportunity to analyse the political parties attitudes’ towards policy making and compare to the ideals of their own political party. They will also have the opportunity to see the limitations that are faced by politicians everyday, and begin to realise that it is not possible to please everyone in politics.
It is also important to note that everyone in the lectures will have different views on political parties and it is the role of the lecturer to ensure that the group dynamics are kept at ease and to emphasise that it is a task.