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ERIC Number: EJ1157786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2146-0353
Cultivating Geographical Thinking: A Framework for Student-Led Research on Food Waste
Finlayson, Caitlin; Gregory, Meredith; Ludtke, Clara; Meoli, Christian; Ryan, Michael
Review of International Geographical Education Online, v7 n1 p80-93 Spr 2017
Research has consistently demonstrated the wide-ranging benefits of student-led research, from increased student engagement to higher retention and graduation rates. Despite these calls to increase research opportunities for students, however, the availability of practical, easy-to-implement research frameworks in disciplinary-specific settings remains limited. For geographers, in particular, student-led research provides an opportunity for students to engage in the craft of geography, learning how to solve spatial problems in a real-world context. This paper presents a practical guide to working with students to develop and analyze a case study on food preferences and food waste. The subject of food waste provides an accessible framework for analyzing a range of geographic issues, from culture to globalization to industry. Specifically, this paper builds on the methodology utilized by a team of undergraduate researchers who examined the issue of food waste using both quantitative and qualitative techniques and adapts this project so it could be used in a variety of classroom settings. Student-led research can and should be expanded in geography, offering students a deeper understanding of spatial problem solving and a better understanding of geography as a discipline.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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