ERIC Number: EJ1214365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Incorporating Geography, Contingently: Geographic Pedagogies in a University without a Geography Department
Ruez, Derek; Strawser, Michael G.; Hutchins, Francis T.
Journal of Geography, v118 n3 p117-129 2019
This article investigates efforts by a small regional university without a geography department to incorporate geography into its general education curriculum as part of a "quality enhancement" process mandated by its accreditor. Drawing on interviews and surveys of students and faculty, we highlight lessons learned that may be useful for institutions considering similar changes--including the importance of valuing disciplinary expertise, addressing faculty contingency, and engaging with existing research on geographic education and pedagogy. The initiative, while limited in significant ways, also suggests opportunities for advocates of geography to engage with agendas around general education reform and accreditation.
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Geography Instruction, Departments, General Education, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Quality, Accreditation (Institutions), Expertise, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Faculty, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Global Approach, Neoliberalism, Adjunct Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Geographic Concepts, Evaluation Problems, Cultural Awareness, Human Geography, Tenure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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