“Geography is the study of place, space and the environment. Geographers investigate the character of places, the distribution of phenomena across space, biophysical processes and features, and dynamic relationships between humans and environments. Geographers ask questions about why these phenomena and relationships are like they are and how they could be; how societies and environments are connected to one another; how and why they change; and how and why their characteristics vary across time and space at different scales. Geography answers questions spanning the local to the global, in the past, present and future. Geography is fundamentally interdisciplinary. It is one of the few disciplines that encompass very different ways of knowing, from the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Geographers are, therefore, uniquely equipped to understand and address critical problems facing the world. Geographers are motivated by issues such as social and environmental justice, and the efficient, equitable and sustainable use of resources.” (Hay, 2010, p.9)
The project investigated how we can develop the necessary skills and knowledge of our first year students in geography in order to set them on the path to graduating with the threshold learning outcomes required by the time they graduate with geography major. The project included a workshop attended by 29 geography academics from 13 universities. The resources on this website were developed using the outputs from these workshops together with literature on the teaching of geography.