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From the Holiday to the Academy: implications for physical geography in higher education arising from 'popular' field-based geography in Dorset

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Abstract:

The popularity of physical geography at all levels of formal education is declining. This paper argues that a key factor in the decline may be the disparity between geographies studied within formal education and the popular geographies encountered during leisure pursuit. Through the example of the Jurassic Coast Project, an initiative for the interpretation of Dorset's coastal landscape, approaches towards the integration of popular and academic geographies are explored. Drawing explicit links between popular experiences and academic knowledge may benefit physical geography, improving its status amongst public and student audiences, and addressing the concerns that surround its decline within higher education.

Keywords: DORSET; EDUCATIONAL TOURISM; FIELDWORK; POPULAR GEOGRAPHY; RECRUITMENT TO HIGHER EDUCATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260120067718

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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