Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Volume 19 Number 3 1995


Moral Teaching in Geography

DAVID M. SMITH Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, UK

ABSTRACT
Moral issues tend to be marginalised in contemporary education. This paper argues that geography is well placed to help to address this defect. Some cases with an obvious geographical dimension are outlined, to show how they might be used to open up broader moral problems. Geography teaching in higher education could have an important part to play in the reassertion of a moral dimension in how people come to understand the world and play a part in its re-creation.

KEYWORDS
Morality, ethics, social justice, relativism, impartiality.

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Images of the Third World: teaching a geography of the Third World

MARGARET E. HARRISON Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, UK

ABSTRACT
This paper focuses on how to teach undergraduate students to analyse critically various received images of the Third World This is achieved through the use of a detailed practical exercise which is based on poster, newspaper and map representation of the Third World. The concepts of identity, positionality and representation are reviewed and there is a discussion of how an awareness of these concepts should help students understand the influencing power of stereotypical images of distant others.

KEYWORDS
Power, representation, image, identity and positionality, maps, posters, Third World.

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Small Classes and Research Experience for New Undergraduates: a first-year seminar programme in a geography department

RICHARD BARFF Dartmouth College, USA

ABSTRACT
This paper describes the history and evolution of the First Year Seminar at Dartmouth College and the special qualities that Dartmouth's programme offers its incoming class. These limited-enrolment classes act as antidotes to the large class typical of many first-year courses. They also intensify the intellectual experience of the first few terms at university. The First Year Seminar provides all incoming students with a course early in their degree programme that involves independent written research, small-group discussion, regular and rapid feedback and, frequently, oral presentation. One of the main aims of this type of seminar is to offer a taste of the demands and scholarship characteristic of upper-level courses. In terms of Geography, students often arrive at North American universities ignorant of the discipline. At Dartmouth, First Year Seminars serve a special function as a first exposure to geography and as an important entry point into the Geography major.

KEYWORDS
First-year students, study skills, seminars, geography.

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Facing the Future, Surviving the Present: strategies for women graduate students in geography

ELLEN HANSEN University of Arizona, USA
SUSAN KENNEDY University of Vermont, USA
DOREEN MATTINGLY Clark University, USA
BETH MITCHNECK University of Arizona, USA
KRIS MONZEL Syracuse University, USA
CHERYL NAIRNE Michigan State University, USA

ABSTRACT
Women graduate students in geography programs in US universities face a variety of constraints and opportunities as they work towards advanced degrees and struggle to find a place for themselves in academia. The themes discussed in this paper concern understanding and challenging power relationships, networking, developing communication skills and effective mentoring. The paper concludes with suggestions for positive action and change.

KEYWORDS
Women graduate students, classroom climate.

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TEACHING MEDICAL GEOGRAPHY

ABSTRACT
A 'Teaching Medical Geography' workshop was held at the 1994 Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), co-sponsored by the Medical Geography Specialty Group of the AAG and the International Geographical Union (IGU) Commission on Health, Environment and Development. These papers report on a selection of methodological and theoretical issues from the workshop.

KEYWORDS
Medical geography, teaching strategies.

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