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'Enlivening' Development Concepts through Workshops: a case study of appropriate technology and soil conservation

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Abstract:

In comparison with the teaching of most other geography topics, where fieldwork can be conducted relatively easily and seminars can be based on some pre-existing knowledge and first-hand experience of the issues, the range of resources and approaches available to tutors teaching the geography of development is necessarily more limited. Tutors often have to rely more heavily on 'top-down' teaching and more passive learning approaches, such as using videos, slides and lectures. While students may gain a theoretical understanding of development concepts, issues and problems, they may be left without a deeper 'experience' of such material. This paper describes a practical workshop designed to communicate to students the idea of 'appropriate technology'. The workshop enables students to actively 'experience' a development concept rather than simply understand it in theory. It tests comprehension and understanding, through the application of a concept to real examples, stimulates discussion and debate, and draws upon problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Keywords: APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY; DEVELOPMENT GEOGRAPHY; SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION; WORKSHOPS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260085144

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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