Teaching Workshop 2018

Educating under- and post-graduate geographers for/about/using the geographies of children and youth

Date: Wednesday 10th January, 1000-1600

Venue: Lowther Room, RGS-IBG, Kensington Gore, London

Is it for me?
This GCYFRG workshop is for anyone who is interested in using research on the geographies of children and youth in their teaching.

We will be exploring issues such as:

  1. How to use doctoral research in undergraduate teaching?
  2. Should we be delivering modules on the geographies of children and youth? And if so, what makes for a good module?
  3. What practical exercises work well in class?
  4. What works well in fieldwork?
  5. How can we embed the geographies of children and youth in more general geographical teaching?

In short, this workshop is for you whether you are a postgraduate student, early career researcher/lecturer, or an established academic!

How can I register for the event?
Please complete the booking form available here
Please register for the event by Friday 17th November.

How much does it cost to register?
We are charging a nominal fee of £20 (£10 for postgraduate students / unwaged) to cover costs, which includes lunch and refreshments. Those in receipt of a travel bursary (see details below) will not need to pay the registration fee.

Is there any funding available?
We are particularly keen to involve early career researchers and, with the support of RGS-IBG, are able to offer a limited number of bursaries of £50 towards travel costs. These will be allocated to postgraduates, those who are unwaged or on fixed term contracts on a first come, first served basis. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Helena Pimlott-Wilson (H.Pimlott-Wilson@lboro.ac.uk)

If you would like to apply for the bursary, please provide the following information when returning your booking form: (i) Confirmation that you are either a postgraduate student, unwaged or on a fixed term contract (ii) Estimate of how much it will cost you to participate; and (iii) Estimate of how much your funder/institution will be able to contribute toward your costs.

Can I make an active contribution?
As a workshop, the focus of the day will be on doing and discussing – everyone will be active on the day! Although the day will be framed by presentations, it is first and foremost a workshop where we can share good practice and discuss key issues. We are particularly keen for contributions, which:

  • Demonstrate class-based exercises with students;
  • Discuss the transfer of doctoral research into geographical learning activities;
  • Consider the design of full- or part- modules in children’s geographies
  • Showcase field trails and other field-based activities

In terms of presentations, we also invite 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).

The schedule will not be finalised until early November, so please get in touch if you have something to offer!

Confirmed speakers include:
John McKendrick (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Sarah Mills (University of Loughborough)
Susan Pike (Dublin City University)
Sharon Witt (University of Winchester)
Tara Woodyer (University of Portsmouth)

Something to offer – are you a prospective contributor?
Please contact John to discuss. jmke@gcu.ac.uk or johnhmckendrick if you would prefer a Skype call.



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