June 2, 2023

Caitie Finlayson Quoted in Chronicle of Higher Ed

How Teaching Centers Can Get Professors to Buy Into Their Work (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Caitie Finlayson, an assistant professor of geography at the University of Mary Washington, in Virginia, wrote to say that she “completely redesigned” her “World Regional Geography” course two years ago. The old approach, she found, promoted a “novice-level understanding” of her discipline consisting of terms and facts.

“I now approach geography as experts understand the discipline,” Finlayson wrote, “focusing on connections between regions and an in-depth understanding of core themes. Students now spend the bulk of our class time applying textbook concepts to real-world problems, like Syrian refugees or a loss of biodiversity in the Pacific.”