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Using public, on-campus art in teaching and creating community in introductory geography courses.

Authors: Hilary Hungerford*, Utah Valley University
Topics: Geography Education, Regional Geography
Keywords: world regional geography, art, representation, globalization, pedagogy
Session Type: Paper
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Public art installations are part of university campuses across the United States and these art installations can be useful in teaching important geographic concepts, skills, and geovisualization techniques. Connecting students to on-campus resources and involving them in various social and academic aspects of campus life has been shown to help student resilience and completion rates. Using public on-campus art resources in geography classes, then, can both enhance student learning of important geography content, themes, and techniques and potentially contribute to student retention and resilience. This paper discusses the use of one campus art installation, Tom Holdman’s studios Roots of Knowledge, in an introductory world regional geography course. The use of this art piece and pedagogical research was informed by the following questions: 1) how can art enhance undergraduate learning, research, and visualization techniques in geography?; and 2) how can the use of art contribute to the development of critical thinking skills in geography? And 3) how effective is the use of on-campus art resources in connecting students with on-campus resources?

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