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Bridging the Gulf between Secondary School and University-level Geography Teachers: reflections on organising a UK teachers' conference

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This study contributes to growing research on the links between school and university geography by reflecting on the value of a teachers' conference organised in 2000. Through analysis of feedback from the conference and reflection on how the event has influenced the author's teaching, the paper considers the potential for academic geographers to learn from colleagues in the school sector and vice versa. The paper also uses personal experience and the teachers' feedback to provide guidance for people considering holding similar events, particularly with regard to the likely expectations and priorities of secondary school teachers. The paper notes schoolteachers' desire for a closer relationship with university staff and argues that current pressures on all teachers limit possibilities for broader and more sustained dialogue.

Keywords: School-university education links; Scotland; in-service training; teachers' conference

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Edinburgh, UK

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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