RGS-IBG / GCYFRG One-day Workshop: Educating under- and post-graduate geographers for/about/using the geographies of children and youth


Unfortunately, our planned GCYFRG teaching workshop at the RGS-IBG in April has been postponed.  The event will be re-scheduled for early 2018 and we will announce more details in the near future.  We hope to see you there!


Date: TBD in 2018

Venue: TBD

Abstract: It is almost twenty years since the Journal of Geography in Higher Education’s published Hugh Matthews’, The geography of children: some ethical and methodological considerations for project and dissertation work (Matthews, 1998), soon followed by his co-authored paper with Faith Tucker on Consulting Children (Matthews and Tucker, 2000). Viewed in context, these papers were part of an emergent field of geographical study, which together with the impetus provided by the breadth of geographical research in the ESRC’s 5-16 programme and the emergence, initially as a Working Group, of the RGS-IBG’s Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, laid the foundations of what has flourished into an established sub-discipline of geography in the UK and beyond. Although the approaches, positions and research priorities of this sub-field have been challenged in recent years, as might be expected for a maturing field (e.g. Robson et al., 2013; Holloway, 2014), what is less clear is an understanding of the ways, and extent, to which the geographies of children and youth are embedded in the education of students of geography in higher education.

This workshop invites contributions, which explore the extent to which, and ways in which, undergraduate geography students:

  • Engage with the lives of children and youth through their studies (about children and youth);
  • Apply their geographical learning to improve the lives of children and youth (for children and youth); and
  • Utilise understanding of the lives of children and youth to enhance their geographical understanding (using children and youth).

We are keen to discuss key issues and to share examples of good practice in the teaching of children’s geographies. To that end, we are keen to include presentations and demonstrations. Papers might be focused squarely on enriching the quality of the teaching of children’s geographies or drawing upon children’s geographies in the teaching of other sub-disciplines (e.g. children in population geography) or drawing upon children’s geographies in the learning of geographical method, theory and philosophy.

The GCYFRG (in conjunction with the HERG) began to explore these issues at the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference in 2016, where it was agreed that these were matters that were deserving of a full day’s attention.

We intend to utilise video conferencing to facilitate the participation of those beyond the UK. Please contact the Convenor to discuss.

Holloway, S. L. (2014). Changing children’s geographies. Children’s Geographies12(4), 377-392.

Matthews, H. (1998). The geography of children: Some ethical and methodological considerations for project and dissertation work. Journal of Geography in Higher education22(3), 311-324.

Matthews, H., & Tucker, F. (2000). Consulting children. Journal of Geography in Higher Education24(2), 299-310.

Robson, E., Horton, J., & Kraftl, P. (2013). Children’s Geographies: reflecting on our first ten years. Children’s Geographies11(1), 1-6.

John H. McKendrick (Glasgow Caledonian University, Education Officer, GCYFRG) – jmke@gcu.ac.uk

Instructions for Prospective Presenters:
Feel free to contact John to discuss. Abstracts (up to 250 words) can be e-mailed to jmke@gcu.ac.uk.

Deadline for Abstracts: TBD

Registration Fee: £15


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