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Scholarships, professional practice and partnerships: An example from geography

Alan Pilgrim and Roy Jones
Curtin University of Technology
One of the distinctive features of geography at Curtin is the applied focus of the teaching and learning environment - exemplified by the partnership arrangements developed between government and industry at all levels of the teaching program from second year undergraduate through to PhD.

Two PhD students have been supported by APA Industry scholarships linked to ARC SPIRT grants. Both scholarships have the financial support of state government agencies and other industry partners. Since the late 1980s a considerable number of Honours students have received financial support in the form of scholarships and 'in kind' assistance to undertake research projects for state government agencies and local government authorities.

In 2000 the School of Social Sciences entered into a formal agreement with the Swan Catchment Centre to provide the opportunity for third year geography students to undertake environmental research projects with local catchment groups and friends groups. Earlier this year the WA Tourism Commission funded a group of third year geography students to undertake a survey of informal campers at North West Cape. These are but the most recent examples of the conduct of surveys and research projects for a wide range of local government authorities and community groups undertaken by our second and third year students.

Such activities offer the pedagogic benefit of involving students in 'real' issues and projects, the practical benefit of introducing our students, and their competencies to prospective employers and the less tangible, yet significant benefit of extending and strengthening university-community links.

Authors: Alan Pilgrim, Head of School, Social Sciences, Curtin University of Technology. A.Pilgrim@curtin.edu.au
Associate Professor Roy Jones, School of Social Sciences, Curtin University of Technology

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Pilgrim, A. and Jones, R. (2002). Scholarships, professional practice and partnerships: An example from geography. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/pilgrim-abs.html

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