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Engaging with Economic Geography in the Real’ World: A Central Role for Field Teaching

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Debates concerning how to engage students with economic geography have ignored the important role of field teaching. This paper argues that fieldwork must remain a key component of economic geographical teaching and that it offers a variety of advantages to overcoming student disinterest in the sub-discipline. It goes on to argue that field teaching must be developed, not neglected, in economic geography and illustrates its pedagogical advantages with reference to the example of a field class in north-east England.

Keywords: Economic geography; field teaching; north-east England; student engagement

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: School of Geography, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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