Geography at QUT: Evolution of a discipline

Childs, Iraphne R. & Hastings, Peter A. (2007) Geography at QUT: Evolution of a discipline. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 16(3), pp. 216-232.

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The paper focuses on the constraints encountered in developing and introducing a geography discipline programme, with a distinctive regional focus, within a university of technology. Through a case study approach, the analysis relates the development of geography at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to changes in geographical education in Australia. Major obstacles to the evolution of geography within QUT are outlined: practical aspects of working in a multi-campus setting; limited staffing resources; policy obstacles to discipline identification and the downgrading of discipline-based approaches in favour of ‘trans-disciplinary’ majors. Strategies used to overcome these constraints have included: cross-faculty linkages; establishing co-majors in several degree programmes; team-teaching; flexible delivery and the use of online resources. While the establishment and development of the current QUT Geography programme has been difficult at times, the institutional context has provided opportunities to create a distinctive and innovative geography programme.

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ID Code: 13593
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2004 can be freely accessed online via the journal's web page (see hypertext link).
Keywords: geography in Australia, Queensland University of Technology, tertiary education, HERN
DOI: 10.2167/irgee208.0
ISSN: 1038-2046
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Human Geography not elsewhere classified (160499)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Iraphne R. W. Childs and Peter A. Hastings
Deposited On: 21 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:57

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