Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Geography
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Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Geography

Edited by Helen Walkington, Jennifer Hill and Sarah Dyer

This exemplary Handbook provides readers with a novel synthesis of international research, evidence-based practice and personal reflections to offer an overview of the current state of knowledge in the field of teaching geography in higher education. Chapters cover the three key transitions – into, through, and out of higher education – to present a thorough analysis of the topic.
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Chapter 14: Developing and integrating a student-researcher pedagogy within the geography curriculum

Helen Walkington


This chapter describes a ‘students as researchers’ pedagogy outlining teaching practices, the contexts in which it can be adopted, and levels of student engagement that can be achieved in terms of participation and ownership of the research process. Disseminating results is an integral part of the research process in which students should be involved. The chapter provides empirical data contrasting the student learning gains from writing for a national undergraduate research journal, GEOverse, with presenting and participating at student research conferences. This is the first time that the two research dissemination formats have been compared empirically. The chapter provides suggestions for linking and scaffolding research experiences and dissemination opportunities through a programme level approach. The chapter closes with a discussion of the academic staff (faculty) role in the supervision and mentoring of student research and begins to explore the characteristics of effective research mentors.

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