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International Symposium

'Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education'

23 March 1999, Honolulu, Hawaii
Convenors: Mick Healey, Ken Foote, Iain Hay

Readers are invited to join the Internet discussion of the pre-symposium papers which is taking place on the GDN WWW pages until 17 March 1999.

Structure and Organisation

Outputs
Themes
Sponsorship
Plan of Action
Pre-symposium Papers and Discussion
Timetable
Symposium Schedule
Appendix 1   Provisional List of Delegates
Convenors
Administrative Support
Delegates Confirmed Wishing to Participate
Delegates Participating In Preparation Of Discussion Papers But Unable To Attend At Symposium
Would Like To Contribute To Internet Discussion But Unable To Attend

OUTPUTS

Several outputs should arise from the symposium:

 

THEMES

The main theme of the symposium will be: 'Developing an international network for learning and teaching geography in higher education'. Among the questions which we need to address, both in general and in relation to specific topics are:

 

SPONSORSHIP

The following organisations are sponsoring the Symposium:

 

PLAN OF ACTION

A key element of the symposium is the pre-symposium discussions which is taking place on the Geography Discipline Network WWW site (http://www.chelt.ac.uk/gdn). These discussions are based around the pre-written papers.

Each paper has been prepared by three to five individuals from at least two different countries. This should:

If we are serious about internationalising geography in higher education we should attempt to model this process through the way in which we operate.

 

PRE-SYMPOSIUM PAPERS AND DISCUSSION

A contextual paper for the discussion: "Developing and internationalising higher education networks in geography", JGHE, Editorial 22 (3) Mick Healey (1998).

Participants have agreed to prepare papers on the following nine topic areas. A few of them cannot attend the symposium (marked*) and some have yet to raise the finance to come.

  1. Developing an international educational network for geography in higher education (Iain Hay/Ken Foote/Mick Healey)
  2. Internationalising geography in higher education: towards a conceptual framework (Ifan Shepherd/Jan Monk/Joos Droogleever Fortuijn*)
  3. Delivering courses internationally (Susan Hardwick/Karen Kemp/Teresa Ploszajska/Derek Reeve)
  4. Geography teaching in higher education: quality, assessment and accountability (Brian Chalkley/Eric Fournier /David Hill/Bettina Aten)
  5. International perspectives on fieldcourses (Karen Nairn/Dominique Vanneste*/David Higgitt*)
  6. International perspectives on Virtual fieldcourses (John Stainfield/Peter Fisher/Bob Ford/Michael Solem)
  7. International perspectives on teaching geography through information technology (Bob Bednarz/Dave Rich/Geoff Robinson)
  8. International perspectives on developing skills for employability and life (Richard Le Heron/ Ian Drummond /Jim Hathaway) (available at symposium)
  9. Internationalising geography in higher education: lessons from the experience of school geography (Sue Burkill*/Eleanor Rawling/Sarah Bednarz/John Lidstone*)

 

TIMETABLE

October 23rd:
Agreement on topics, people who contributing to writing draft papers, and name of person who will co-ordinate each group

February 5th:
Deadline for receipt of discussion papers in Cheltenham; these will be placed on the GDN Web pages and participants invited to comment; the Internet discussion will be widely advertised so that others can join in

March 17th:
Deadline for posting of comments on papers

March 23rd:
International symposium in Honolulu

June 30th
Deadline for receipt of final papers in Cheltenham for convenors to submit to JGHE

 

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Theme: 'Developing an international network for learning and teaching geography in higher education'.

The structure of this session is indicative only and is likely to change in response to the outcome of the pre-symposium discussions

MORNING SESSION
08.30 Welcome: Ron Abler (AAG)
HOW DO WE ESTABLISH AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK?
Practicalities - models for how to internationalise, ideas and funding sources for international projects, form a committee to take forward, agreement on agenda, where and when meet next, who is going to organise?
10.00 COFFEE BREAK
10.30 WHAT ISSUES AND PROJECTS SHOULD WE FOCUS ON?
Small group discussions of issues raised by pre-prepared papers. Each group to come with a poster highlighting key points from their paper and Internet discussion including proposed action plan. After examination of the posters delegates will be put into groups to identify the most promising projects to take forward.
12.00 BUFFET LUNCH SERVED IN ROOM SO PEOPLE CAN NETWORK
(Sponsored by Carfax Publishing Co/Journal of Geography in Higher Education)

AFTERNOON SESSION
13.00 HOW CAN WE REACH OUR GOALS?
Small groups to develop action plans for taking forward the most promising ideas.
14.30 TEA BREAK
15.00 WHERE SHOULD WE BE GOING?
Summary of agreed actions. Brainstorming session focusing on benefits of, and overcoming obstacles to, internationalising Geography in HE. Plenary on what have we learnt from the process of setting up and running this symposium.

 

Appendix 1

PROVISIONAL LIST OF DELEGATES

CONVENORS

Mick Healey Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, England
Ken Foote University of Texas at Austin, USA
Iain Hay Flinders University, Australia

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Phil Gravestock Geography Discipline Network, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, England
Osa Brand AAG Educational Affairs Director, AAG, USA

 

DELEGATES CONFIRMED WISHING TO PARTICIPATE (some subject to obtaining funding, all willing to contribute to production of discussion papers)

Bettina Aten Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts, USA
Bob Bednarz Texas A & M, USA
Sarah Bednarz Texas A & M, USA
Brian Chalkley University of Plymouth, England
Ian Drummond University of Hull, England
Peter Fisher University of Leicester, England
Bob Ford Westminster College of Salt Lake City, USA
Eric Fournier Samford University, USA
Susan Hardwick South West Texas University, USA
Jim Hathaway Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania, USA
David Hill University of Colorado, USA
Richard Le Heron University of Auckland, New Zealand
Karen Kemp University of California, Berkeley, USA
Jan Monk University of Arizona, USA
Karen Nairn University of Waikato, New Zealand
Teresa Ploszajska Liverpool Hope University College, England
Don Rambadt University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, USA
Eleanor Rawling Council of British Geography/Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, England
Derek Reeve Huddersfield University, England
David Rich Macquarie University, Australia
Geoff Robinson University of Leicester, England
Ifan Shepherd Middlesex University, England
Michael Solem University of Colorado
John Stainfield University of Plymouth, England

 

DELEGATES PARTICIPATING IN PREPARATION OF DISCUSSION PAPERS BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND AT SYMPOSIUM

Sue Burkill University College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, England
Joos Droogleever Fortuijn University of Amsterdam, Holland
David Higgitt University of Durham, England
John Lidstone Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Dominique Vanneste Institute for Social and Economic Geography, Belgium

 

WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE TO INTERNET DISCUSSION BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND

Neil Argent University of New England, Australia
Mike Bradford University of Manchester
Gordon Clark Lancaster University, England
Lorraine Craig Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers
Vince Gardiner Liverpool John Moores University, England
Alan Jenkins Oxford Brookes University, England
Roger Lee Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, England
Ian Livingstone Nene - University College Northampton
Hugh Matthews Nene - University College Northampton
Sylvia Woodhead Edge Hill College, England


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