Community engagement and service-learning in geography in higher education

Title: “Community engagement and service-learning in geography in higher education: Towards a comparative research agenda”

Panel Session Information, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, April 6-10, 2020
Session Id: 26067

Deadline for notifications is Nov., 18th.

Under various theoretical and pedagogical umbrellas (e.g. service-learning, community-engaged learning and research, etc.), geographers have a rich history and vast practical experience in creating learning opportunities for students in partnership with community-based organizations. Despite growing recent interest in community-engaged geography, the emergent field still lacks a systematic approach towards an integrative theory-based pedagogical practice. The idea for convening this panel emerged through the collaboration between the two co-chairs and their comparative analysis of integrating service-learning into higher education geography curricula in Canada and Germany. The intent of the panel is to bring together a larger group of geography educators from different national/regional contexts interested in research and practice of community engagement and service-learning in geography in higher education to begin the development of an explicitly comparative research framework. We hope to collectively enhance our understanding of the theoretical, institutional, cultural and political variation in community-engaged learning across national and regional contexts by inviting panel participants to share their reflections on the following questions:
(1) What are the contributions of the discipline of geography in community engaged learning projects and how might we develop a “geographic lens” in comparative service learning research?
(2) What educational theories inform community-engaged learning in geography education and geography in higher education across contexts and academic cultures?
(3) How do we integrate community-engaged geography projects into the curriculum, with what intent, and how do we assess student learning and community impact? If you are interested in participating in this panel, please send a description of your experience teaching community-engaged geography and in what role and context to Uwe Schulze (uschulze@geo.uni-frankfurt.de) and Ahmed Allahwala (aallahwala@utsc.utoronto.ca) by November 18.

The American Association of Geographers’ Annual Meeting will take place in Dever, Colorado from Monday, April 6 – Friday, April 10, 2020,   You will be joined by fellow geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists, and other leaders for the latest in research and applications in geography, sustainability, and GIScience.

The Annual Meeting of the AAG is quite possibly the largest geography conference in the world, with over 8,500 geographers converging from the U.S., Canada, and nearly 60 other countries in a typical year.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency – Denver at Colorado Convention Center and the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Downtown Denver, Colorado.