The University of Sheffield
Department of Geography

Sheffield Geography students provide 'A Different View'

Teaching Geography, Autumn 2011Six of our former undergraduates have co-authored an article in the Geographical Association's (GA) journal Teaching Geography (Autumn 2011) providing their personal reflections on the GA's manifesto "A Different View".

Kim Brereton, Emma Browning, Jeremy Ely, Natasha Jarvis, Emma Knight and Clare Marshall all wrote an essay as part of their entries for the GA Internship competition in June 2010.  The competition was eventually won by Emma Browning who spent four weeks working at the GA headquarters in Sheffield.  But the editor of Teaching Geography was so impressed by their work that all six students were invited to revise their essays for publication.

The essays cover a variety of topics: an exchange visit to Kenya, the Young Peoples’ Geography project, earth exploration using satellite imagery, thinking geographically about skateboarding and fashion, teaching in Ghana, and the ‘seven wonders of the world’.  Longer versions of each essay have also been posted on the GA website at www.geography.org.uk/tg

The students did us proud and are excellent ambassadors for the subject.  As Emma Knight concludes her essay: ‘There is geography to every part of life – every page of a newspaper, every fashion followed, every tree that grows, every meal that is consumed, and every government decision made.  What will inspire you to have a different view?’

This year’s Internship competition will be launched shortly.