A geography student named Janus
Peter Gould, The Pennsylvania State University
Graduate work should include a large proportion of methodology, but some students find it difficult to see the relevance of many concepts and approaches. It is helpful to provide them with a rough map of geomethodological space to help them find their way, so that they can acquire deeper knowledge in specialised areas pertinent to their research interests. A one-year, thirty-lecture course that surveys contemporary methods in geographical research is described.
Student participation in tutorials
Graham Webb, Ulster Polytechnic
Figures showing the participation pattern in geography tutorials (at one institution) are presented and the problem of poor student participation is identified. Four devices for increasing student participation are then outlined, followed by a brief discussion of the rationale underlying such devices.
Learning through teaching
Robert Larkin, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
I propose a method of instruction whereby students learn through teaching the material, first to each other and then to members of the wider community.
A 'person-centered' approach to geography
Bill Romey and Bill Elberty, St Lawrence University, New York
A description of the St. Lawrence River programme in geography illustrates one direction which is being followed in a humanistic and 'person-centered' approach to the subject at St. Lawrence University. The 'person-centered' approach begins with the learner's interests and awareness, rather than with a preconceived syllabus based on context which is determined by the instructor. It is transdisciplinary and problem-oriented, and it results in a geography defined as a broad spatial perspective, rather than as a restricted body of subject matter. The goals for project work are not predetermined, but they evolve as work progresses. Since each student is responsible for his own learning, self-evaluation is an appropriate method for grading a 'person-centered' course.
Data collection and analysis for geographical research: a postgraduate training course
John R Beaumont, University of Leeds
A recent course on research methods for data collection and analysis for first-year postgraduates was the first of its kind in Britain. The deficiencies of a geography undergraduate's training are such that more courses of this type are highly desirable. At present research students have access to powerful research tools, but they cannot answer fundamental questions on their use. The course outline demonstrates that a wide range of topics can be covered and understood by postgraduates in a short course.
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