Student experiences of multidisciplinarity in the undergraduate geography curriculum

Hall, Tim and McGuinness, Mark and Parker, Charlotte and Toms, Phillip (2017) Student experiences of multidisciplinarity in the undergraduate geography curriculum. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0309-8265 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper explores the student experience of multidisciplinarity within the undergraduate Geography curriculum. It considers the drivers that have underpinned this development before considering the findings of research into student experiences in two universities in the south of England. The results suggest that most students view this development positively and recognize a number of advantages that it brings, citing expanded opportunities for learning, working with people from other disciplines, expansion of perspectives and perceived benefits to employability. However, for a minority this development is more problematic. The research points here to issues with specialist knowledge and disciplinary pedagogies, social issues within the classroom and class organization and some reservations regarding groupwork. The paper concludes with a series of recommendations.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multidisciplinarity; undergraduate; curriculum; student experience; disciplinary pedagogies
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Phillip Toms
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2017 17:06
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 17:06
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5103

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