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UK programmes for HE physical geography

UK programmes for HE physical geography
UK programmes for HE physical geography
Competing influences and pressures on areas of HE and the content of new AL syllabi suggest a need for curriculum reconsideration. We analyse, from institutional website data, the present provision of physical geography in 77 UK institutions providing undergraduate learning in geography. The extent of compulsory modules gives an indication of programme structure: compulsory modules average 65%, no first-year choice is offered in 58% of programmes, all but four require a compulsory dissertation, and on average 28% of compulsory modules were in physical geography. Overall there is a spectrum of provision, with courses solely in human or physical geography at the extremes, and, in between, a variety of programmes: some afford a strong provision of concepts and major themes in physical geography (22%), some emphasize skills (25%) or applied aspects (5%), and others offer a course “cafeteria” from which the student freely selects unless constrained by advised learning pathways. Questions arising include whether sufficient attention is accorded to all aspects of physical environment, to some neglected components of physical geography, and to those physical environments necessary for understanding contemporary rapid environmental change across the world.
Curriculum, learning pattern, module, skills, syllabus
0309-8265
1-24
Gregory, Kenneth J.
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Lewin, John
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Gregory, Kenneth J.
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Lewin, John
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Gregory, Kenneth J. and Lewin, John (2020) UK programmes for HE physical geography. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 44 (1), 1-24. (doi:10.1080/03098265.2019.1698526).

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Competing influences and pressures on areas of HE and the content of new AL syllabi suggest a need for curriculum reconsideration. We analyse, from institutional website data, the present provision of physical geography in 77 UK institutions providing undergraduate learning in geography. The extent of compulsory modules gives an indication of programme structure: compulsory modules average 65%, no first-year choice is offered in 58% of programmes, all but four require a compulsory dissertation, and on average 28% of compulsory modules were in physical geography. Overall there is a spectrum of provision, with courses solely in human or physical geography at the extremes, and, in between, a variety of programmes: some afford a strong provision of concepts and major themes in physical geography (22%), some emphasize skills (25%) or applied aspects (5%), and others offer a course “cafeteria” from which the student freely selects unless constrained by advised learning pathways. Questions arising include whether sufficient attention is accorded to all aspects of physical environment, to some neglected components of physical geography, and to those physical environments necessary for understanding contemporary rapid environmental change across the world.

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Accepted/In Press date: 24 November 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 December 2019
Published date: 2020
Keywords: Curriculum, learning pattern, module, skills, syllabus

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Local EPrints ID: 439497
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/439497
ISSN: 0309-8265
PURE UUID: be00b339-bc4d-43c6-a7e7-df35e424dfc7

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Date deposited: 24 Apr 2020 16:30
Last modified: 25 Nov 2021 20:30

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Author: Kenneth J. Gregory
Author: John Lewin

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