Geography plays a crucial role in understanding our world. It makes a vital contribution to our knowledge of the rapidly changing environmental and social challenges facing us and how we should tackle them. Supporting them eﬀectively can present multiple opportunities and challenges for academic staﬀ. For those embarking on a career in geographical teaching and learning, recognising these issues, and developing a toolbox of strategies with which to address them is key to developing good teaching practice.
This guide oﬀers a starting point for this process for graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and demonstrators. Co-authored by Dr Lynda Yorke (Bangor University), Professor Simon Tate (Newcastle University) and Dr Martin Davis (RGS-IBG), the guide addresses the following themes:
Understanding your approach to teaching and learning
Creating eﬀective learning environments in person and online
Promoting participation and equality of opportunity in person and online
Planning and structuring your classes
Practical teaching in the field and lab
Assessment and feedback
Professional development and learning from others
The guide also includes thought-provoking contributions from experts across the discipline on a range of important issues, including creating inclusive learning environments (Carl Bonner-Thompson), decolonising the curriculum (James Esson), online teaching (Maddy Thompson), and virtual fieldwork (Des McDougall).
While it is hoped that the guide will be useful as a standalone resource, it has also been designed to complement the Society’s interactive ‘New to teaching’ workshops. Details of future events are published in the ‘What’s on’ section of our website.
New to teaching geography
by Lynda Yorke, Simon Tate and Martin Davis
About the authors
Dr Lynda Yorke is Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography in the School of Natural Sciences at Bangor University, as well as the Chair of the RGS-IBG Geography and Education Research Group.
Professor Simon Tate is Professor of Higher Education in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology at Newcastle University. He is also a National Teaching Fellow.
Dr Martin Davis is based in the Research and Higher Education Division of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).