We are heavily committed to supporting our students in the dissemination of their research, as it brings a refreshing perspective to our learning and teaching community.
Two of our former post-graduate students, with the help of Stephen Pickering have had articles accepted for Primary Geography, a highly valued educational journal.
Alistair MacNaughton’s article entitled ‘Tut, tut, looks light rain’, prefaced by his experience of growing up playing in the rain in the Dartmoor National Parks, examines the myths and research surrounding children’s feeling about their local climate. He argues in our risk adverse society, teachers should maximise outdoor educational opportunities for their learners and highlights the benefits of geographical study for fostering an understanding by children, of the world around them.
Rebecca Hankin explores the overlap of geographical and numeracy skills and puts forward an eloquent argument that a cross-curricular teaching approach harnesses the natural synergy between these two subjects. She advocates the use of ‘hands on, minds on’ activity to effectively contextualise numerical problem solving. Her ideas dovetail to a degree with MacNaughton’s, in terms of using children’s real life experiences of climate, to promote data handling and analysis skills.
Both Alistair and Rebecca are presently undertaking their NQT year and enjoying working in semi-urban schools in the West Midlands.
Follow the link below to access their articles.