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Strength in diversity: Enhancing learning in vocationally-orientated, master's level courses

McEwen, Lindsey; Monk, Janice; Hay, Iain; Kneale, Pauline; King, Helen


Janice Monk

Iain Hay

Pauline Kneale

Dr Helen King
Professor and Associate Director of Academic Practice


Postgraduate education in geography, especially at the Master's level, is undergoing significant changes in the developed world. There is an expansion of vocationally oriented degree programmes, increasing recruitment of international students, integration of workplace skills, and the engagement of non-traditional postgraduate students as departments respond to policies for a more 'inclusive' higher education. This paper sets the context by outlining some programmatic changes in selected countries (Australia, the UK, and the USA). The authors briefly reflect on how postgraduate 'bars' or 'levels' are defined and explore in detail what 'diversity' or 'heterogeneity' means in these new postgraduate settings. They then explore some practice examples drawn from their own experiences, recognizing that relevance will vary in other contexts. Finally they consider how diversity can be harnessed as a strength that has potential to enhance taught elements of contemporary postgraduate education in and beyond the discipline.


McEwen, L., Monk, J., Hay, I., Kneale, P., & King, H. (2008). Strength in diversity: Enhancing learning in vocationally-orientated, master's level courses. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 32(1), 101-119.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Journal Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-8265
Electronic ISSN 1466-1845
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Pages 101-119
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