Active Learning in Economic Geography through Group Work

Authors: Sharon Cobb*, University of North Florida
Topics: Geography Education, Business Geography
Keywords: active learning, economic geography, assessment
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Undergraduate Economic Geography has a small, but important role in two colleges at The University of North Florida: Coggin College of Business (CCB) and College of Arts and Sciences (COAS). Curricular offerings for economic geography differ slightly in each college, with a more analytical business approach focused on trade offered in the course in CCB, and a more critical thinking competency based written communication approach exploring culture and economic development found the course for International Studies major in COAS. Both curriculum maps have semester-long group assignments used to measure group content learning and group dynamic compromise through a series of three group assignments designed to sequentially build upon each other culminating in a group paper and group presentation for each group at the end of the semester. Instructor feedback after each group assignment is used to provide focus in development of the following assignments. Assessment metrics for each track show statistically insignificant differences for each track, but analysis shows that the CCB group took longer than the COAS group to reach consensus within the group in order to define the topic of study and ascertain the jurisdictional application. Further research and feedback will refine the assessment metrics to fit better with the requirements of both regional (in COAS)and professional (in CCB) accreditation standards

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