Getting them Hooked: Teaching Geography to Non-Geographers

Authors: Tisha Bender*, Rutgers University, Department of Geography
Topics: Urban Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: Pedagogy, Teaching non-Geographers, Multidisciplinary
Session Type: Interactive Short Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Iris, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Since Geography is not a discipline typically taught throughout grade school in the US, few undergraduate students have an accurate idea about what Geography entails, and the few who do claim to know, think it is about naming the capital cities of the world. Human Geography classes at Rutgers are however usually fairly large, since they fulfill many requirements that students need to take in order to graduate, but students at the start of the semester generally have little idea of what sort of material they will learn. This paper will discuss effective ways of not only enlightening students about Human Geography, but also pedagogical techniques which help to engage students as they trace the relevance of this discipline to other disciplines of greater familiarity, as well as relevance to their own lives. In short, this paper will elucidate ways in which to encourage undergraduates to become hooked on Geography – and maybe even major in it!

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