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An award-winning Education project: Year 7 pupils from Kingsfield School work with their project team on the analysis of data they gathered from the local community.
An award-winning Education project: Year 7 pupils from Kingsfield School work with their project team on the analysis of data they gathered from the local community.

Internal News - 17 May 2006

The Department of Education wins an award for excellence

An article written by researchers in the Department of Education has won an award for its contribution to geographical education.

The article, written by Dr Robert Barratt, Elisabeth Barratt Hacking and Professor William Scott, looked at the relationship between secondary school pupils, their local community and their school curriculum and investigated the most effective ways of bringing the children’s local experiences into the curriculum.

Listening to children: environmental perspectives and the school curriculum was aimed at secondary school teachers and was published in the journal Teaching Geography. The Geographical Association gave it the ‘Award for Excellence in Leading Geography’ for its contribution to the development of good practice in geography teaching.

Professor Scott said: “We worked closely with teachers and pupils in a local secondary school, Kingsfield School in South Gloucestershire, as part of an ESRC-funded research project. We felt our findings would be of interest to teachers across the UK so approached this particular journal.

“It is obviously excellent for both the University and the school to have this recognition for our joint work. It will spur us on to bid for further funding from the ESRC to develop our ideas."

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