1st Edition

Pedagogic Research in Geography Higher Education

Edited By Martin Haigh, Debby Cotton, Tim Hall Copyright 2017
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    There are many books about teaching in Geography, but this is the first volume to deal specifically with pedagogic research and its methods and practices. Pedagogic research concerns the processes of learning and the development of learners. It is a learner-centred activity that aims to evaluate and improve the ways that students learn and learn to manage, control and comprehend their own learning processes, first as Geographers in Higher Education but equally as future educated citizens.

    This book explores: original research and critical perspectives on how Geographers learn; critical evaluations of both new and traditional frameworks and methods used for pedagogic research in Geography; and case studies on the promotion of self-authorship and learner autonomy in key Geography Higher Education contexts, such as fieldwork and undergraduate project work.

    This book is a compilation of articles from various issues of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

    1. Introduction: Pedagogic Research in Geography Higher Education  Martin Haigh, Debby Cotton and Tim Hall

    Part I: Frameworks and Methodologies

    2. Researching the hidden curriculum: intentional and unintended messages  Debby Cotton, Jennie Winter and Ian Bailey

    3. Invitational education: Theory, research and practice  Martin Haigh 

    4. AQAL Integral: a holistic framework for pedagogic research  Martin Haigh 

    Part II: Applying Pedagogic Research Techniques

    5. Using student interviews for becoming a reflective geographer  Hanne Kirstine Adriansen, Lene Møller Madsen

    6. Is Q for you? using Q methodology within geographical and pedagogical research  Paul N. Wright 

    7. Using observational methods to research the student experience  Debby R.E. Cotton, Alison Stokes, Peter A. Cotton 

    8. Visual methodology as a pedagogical research tool in geography education  Bryan Wee, Amy DePierre, Peter Anthamatten and Jon Barbour 

    9. Using Focus Group Research to Support Teaching and Learning  Heather Winlow, David Simm, Alan Marvell and Rebecca Schaaf 

    10. Construction of Student Groups Using Belbin: Supporting Group Work in Environmental Management  Mark Smith, Giles Polglase and Carolyn Parry 

    Part III: Case Studies

    11. Gaia: "thinking like a planet" as transformative learning  Martin Haigh 

    12. Going mobile: perspectives on aligning learning and teaching in geography  Claire H. Jarvis, Jennifer Dickie and Gavin Brown 

    13. Considerations of how to study learning processes when students use GIS as an instrument for developing spatial thinking skills  Lene Møller Madsen and Camilla Rump 

    14. Students’ individual engagement in GIS  Lene Møller Madsen, F. Christiansen and Camilla Rump 

    15. Reflective journals as a tool for auto-ethnographic learning: a case study of student experiences with individualized sustainability  Jon Anderson 

    16. The power of debate: Reflections on the potential of debates for engaging students in critical thinking about controversial geographical topics  Ruth L. Healey 

    Part IV: Aspects of Pedagogic Research-informed Teaching

    17. Writing in geography: Student attitudes and assessment  Vanessa Slinger-Friedman and Lynn M. Patterson 

    18. Capstone portfolios and geography student learning outcomes  Joann Mossa

    19. Re-framing the Geography Dissertation: A Consideration of Alternative, Innovative and Creative Approaches  Jennifer Hill, Pauline Kneale, Dawn Nicholson, Shelagh Waddington and Waverly Ray 

    20. Mapping the journey toward Self-Authorship in Geography  Niamh Moore, Eric J. Fournier, Susan W. Hardwick, Mick Healey, John MacLachlan and Jörn Seemann 

    21. Embedding research-based learning early in the undergraduate geography curriculum  Helen Walkington, Amy L. Griffin, Lisa Keys-Mathews, Sandra K. Metoyer, Wendy E. Miller, Richard Baker and Derek France 

    22. Reviewing the ‘Research Placement’ as a Means of Enhancing Student Learning and Stimulating Research Activity  Fiona Tweed and Rob Boast 


    The editors are active members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE) and active researchers in their own right. In recent years they have been leading the development of the JGHE’s Pedagogic Research strand and this volume represents the best of the results of this work