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New Perspectives on Developing Key Skills in Geography

Wednesday 29 March 2000

University College Northampton

This is the third of three seminars discussing the outcomes of the Geography Discipline Network project on 'Key skills in geography in higher education' funded by the DfEE. The first seminar, held last September at the RGS-IBG, examined 'Strategic Issues in Teaching and Learning Key Skills in Geography'; the second seminar took place at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference in January and reviewed 'Key Skills in the Geography Curriculum'. In this final seminar the focus is on new perspectives on developing key skills in geography. As the teaching of key skills becomes more widespread increased attention is being placed on strategic issues involved with designing, recording and assessing a skills-based curriculum. New ways of developing key skills are also being examined and several geography departments are exploring ways of developing key skills through work-based learning and extra-curricular activities and problem-solving and thinking skills.

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Seminar Objectives

As a result of participating in this seminar you should:


Seminar Programme

10.15 Registration and Coffee
  Chair: Rita Gardner (RGS-IBG)
10.45 Welcome
Mick Healey (Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education)
  Session 1
10.50 Designing, recording and assessing a skills-based curriculum
Ian Livingstone and Hugh Matthews (University College Northampton)
11.35 Coffee
  Session 2
12.00 Work-based learning, voluntary and extra-curricular activities
Brian Chalkley (University of Plymouth)
12.45 Lunch
  Session 3
13.30 What key skills do employers need?
Elaine Owen (Ordnance Survey)
  Session 4
14.00 Developing problem solving and thinking skills
Vince Gardiner (Liverpool John Moores University) and Karel Hughes (University of Surrey Roehampton)
14.45 Tea
  Session 5

Reflection and Prospect
General discussion: An opportunity for speakers and delegates to discuss issues arising from the presentations and discussions
Facilitator: Gordon Clark (Lancaster University)

15.55 Evaluation
16.00 Seminar Ends


Booking Details

To reserve a place at this Seminar please complete and return the form below as soon as possible as the seminar is likely to prove popular and there are a limited number of places available.

Seminar fee: 25 includes lunch, tea and coffee

Return to: Dr Phil Gravestock, Geography and Environmental Management Research Unit, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham GL50 4AZ; Tel: 01242 543368; Fax: 01242 543283; Email:



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