International Symposium

'Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education'

Internet Discussion

Open until 17 March 1999

You are invited to contribute to this Internet discussion and influence the debate which will take place at the International Symposium on this topic to be held on 23 March 1999 prior to the Association of American Geographers' Annual Conference in Hawaii.

A set of nine discussion papers has been prepared by delegates to the symposium from Australia, Belgium, Holland, New Zealand, UK and USA. These papers cover international perspectives on a wide range of issues concerning the learning and teaching of geography in higher education. The papers, which are displayed below, are designed to stimulate the discussion. Each paper raises a set of questions on which we would like your views. In most of the papers the discussion questions are grouped together in a separate section.

The main theme of the symposium is: '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:

Please email your comments to Phil Gravestock ( indicating clearly whether you are responding: All comments will be added to these pages in the section entitled Internet Discussion Comments.

We hope you enjoy the papers and look forward to hearing from you before 17 March.

Best wishes

Mick Healey and Phil Gravestock

Internet Discussion Comments

Going Global: Developing an International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education
Iain Hay (Flinders University, Australia), Ken Foote (University of Texas at Austin, USA) and Mick Healey (Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, UK)
Internationalising Geography in Higher Education: towards a conceptual framework
Ifan Shepherd (Middlesex University, UK), Jan Monk (University of Arizona, USA) and Joos Droogleever Fortuijn (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Delivering Courses Internationally
Susan Hardwick (South West Texas University, USA), Karen Kemp (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA), Teresa Ploszajtska (Liverpool Hope University College, UK) and Derek Reeve (Huddersfield University, UK)
Geography Teaching in Higher Education: Quality, Assessment and Accountability
Brian Chalkley (University of Plymouth, UK), Eric Fournier (Samford University, USA), David Hill (University of Colorado, USA) and Bettina Aten (Bridgewater State College, Massachusetts, USA)
International Perspectives on Fieldcourses
Karen Nairn (University of Waikato, New Zealand), David Higgitt (University of Durham, UK) and Dominique Vanneste (Institute for Social and Economic Geography, Belgium)
International Perspectives on Virtual Fieldcourses
John Stainfield (University of Plymouth, UK), Peter Fisher (University of Leicester, UK), Bob Ford (Westminster College of Salt Lake City, USA) and Michael Solem (University of Colorado, USA)
International Perspectives on Teaching Geography through information technology
Bob Bednarz (Texas A & M, USA), Dave Rich (Macquarie University, Australia) and Geoff Robinson (University of Leicester, UK)
Reflections on Experience in Schools Education
Sue Burkill (College of St. Mark and St. John, UK), Eleanor Rawling (University of Oxford, UK), Sarah Bednarz (Texas A&M University, USA) and John Lidstone (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Another relevant discussion paper is Developing the scholarship of teaching geography in higher education by Mick Healey

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