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Applying pedagogies to wicked problems in geography

Simm, D and Marvell, A (2016) Applying pedagogies to wicked problems in geography. In: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, 30 August - 2 September 2016, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper will introduce the idea of ‘wicked’ or ‘messy’ problems, and review the latest ideas on how it can be integrated into curricula and facilitated into our teaching. We will discuss how the approach fits in with the recent trend towards inter-disciplinary collaboration between university departments, and the stimulation of imaginations, creativity and critical thinking. We will briefly critique the opportunities and challenges of teaching ‘wicked’ or ‘messy’ problems, considering issues such as: facilitating of students working in small, multi- or transdisciplinary teams; using multiple methodologies in teaching; using effective learning and teaching approaches; and the practicalities of translating research into effective teaching. Finally, we ask whether communities of practice will naturally evolve, and what role geographers have to play in such developments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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