Dr João Florêncio


Learning happens best when students feel respected, empowered, and responsible for their own learning. As such, I endorse a student-centred approach to learning and teaching. In other words, I always try to adapt my courses to the specific interests and needs of my students whilst, nonetheless, never overlooking the intended course learning outcomes.

I also think learning should not only provide students with academic knowledge and skills but it should also help individuals become independent, critical thinkers that will go on to act in the world as informed, reflective, citizens. 

My teaching tends to privilege a thematic or conceptual organisation rather than a chronological one. Such an approach allows students to challenge some misconceptions of History and to more easily follow visual and philosophical themes and tropes as they have circulated and been reinterpreted along multiple temporal and spatial axes.

Finally, whilst I work to maintain a high level of academic rigour in my classrooms, creativity and risk-taking are important tools in my approach to learning and teaching for they allow students to become daring thinkers and to question their assumptions. 

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Management of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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