Directions: A Virtual Issue celebrating 40 years Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Directions in the Journal for Geography in Higher Education are written specifically to support students to develop good academic literacies such as making the most from conferences, time management and avoiding plagiarism. There are over 30 Directions throughout the 40 years of JGHE and those highlighted in this Virtual Issue are listed below. These papers can support you and or your lecturers to embed study skills throughout your degree. This Directions Virtual Issue includes 10 Directions, including the first ever one published, 'Why work in Groups?' (Vujakovic, Livingstone & Mills, 1994).  

It may be a surprise that in this Virtual Issue, a number of the earliest Directions papers have been included; this is because the content is still relevant for Geography students at all levels in 2016 and moving forward. Of course, some of the Directions were written before the internet and social media were mainstream for many degree programmes; however the principles of, for example, writing an argument in Human Geography (Holloway & Valentine, 2001) remains current as does managing time effectively (Kneale, 1997). Perhaps for the latter, the distractions of social media and the internet need to remembered in recognising how you use your spare time. Similarly in Kneale (1998) 'Note Taking for Geography Students', the use of tablets and computer notebooks was not an option, but the principle of how to take notes is pertinent whether typing, writing or indeed speaking. It is important to appreciate that the introduction of technologies does not detract from the support the historical Directions papers can give to students. The more recent Directions papers have focussed on technologies; France and Wakefield (2011) 'Producing a Digital Story' is one such an example.

Directions papers are continually published in JGHE. It is sincerely hoped that you find this Virtual Issue of 10 carefully chosen papers to be interesting, helpful and informative in building your foundations of academic success.

Compilers: Sonja Rewhorn, Pauline Kneale, Derek France.