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Reflecting on ‘Directions’: rowing with the times and future developments

Healey, Ruth L.; Healey, Ruth; Hill, Jennifer


Ruth L. Healey

Ruth Healey

Jenny Hill
Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning


This Editorial reflects on the ‘Directions’ section of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education over the last 25 years and highlights the new Co-Editors’ plans for the future of the section. We discuss how the section first emerged in the context of a heightened focus on skills development in higher education and follow this with a brief analysis of the 42 ‘Directions’ papers published to date. We reflect on how the nature of the published articles initially focused on enhancing undergraduate student assessment performance before expanding the discussion to consider broader aspects of the student experience and disciplinary learning. We recognise that while most of the articles have focused on undergraduates, many of them are also relevant to postgraduate geography students. Following a lull in submissions between 2008 and 2017, a revival of the section emerged through articles either co-authored by students and staff, or authored solely by geography students. We intend to develop this ‘students as partners’ approach with respect to future ‘Directions’ publications, by encouraging submissions co-authored by students and staff and ensuring that all articles are reviewed by both a current academic staff member and a student.


Healey, R. L., Healey, R., & Hill, J. (2019). Reflecting on ‘Directions’: rowing with the times and future developments. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 43(2), 125-130.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Mar 23, 2019
Online Publication Date May 3, 2019
Publication Date Apr 3, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 25, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 4, 2020
Journal Journal of Geography in Higher Education
Print ISSN 0309-8265
Electronic ISSN 1466-1845
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 2
Pages 125-130
Keywords JGHE, geography, study skills, partnership, 'Directions'
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Geography in Higher Education on 3rd May 2019, available online:


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