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Youth transitions and going to university: the perceptions of students attending a geography summer school access programme

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This paper contributes to understandings of youth transitions in childhood and youth geographies through the use of a participatory diagramming exercise with students studying geography in a summer school access programme at a Scottish university. In particular, the paper explores young people's perceptions about adult/child binaries and their hopes and fears in applying to university. The discussion highlights the extended nature of youth transitions: the usefulness of participatory diagramming as a research method and teaching technique for this group; and the consequences that the increasing interest in childhood and youth geographies might have on teaching and learning in human geography.

Keywords: learning; participatory diagramming; students; teaching; university; young people

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4AF, Email:

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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