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Recommended wider reading for Geography

Discussion in 'Geography' started by Captain M, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. I am a Psychology teacher who usually posts on the social sciences forum and am after some wider reading for a top Geography student who would like to extend her reading as she would like to apply to read Geography at uiversity. As a Psychology teacher I have a few non-textbook books which I recommend but don't know where to start with Geography.
    Thank you in advance.
  2. You could try pointing her in the direction of the 'Ask the Expert' articles on the Geography in the News website. These are a series of Q&As with geographical experts on a range of topics, and all are free access: http://www.geographyinthenews.rgs.org/interviews/article/default.aspx?current=true
    As a Yong Member of the RGS-IBG she would have access to all areas of the website, including some of our journal articles which would definitely extend her reading. Membership also includes Geographical magazine and access to our weekly lecture series online, you can find out more about this here: http://www.rgs.org/JoinUs/Young+Geographer.htm
    Our Study geography pages also have a vast range of information on them for anyone thinking of taking geography further: http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Study+Geography/Home.htm
    Hope this helps!

  3. Most helpful, Eleanor. Thank you.
  4. I would argue that it is a hard question to give a specific answer to. At university the student will be applying for a BA or a BSc which (roughly) translates as human and physical geography respectively. As a very broad introduction, 'An Introduction to Physical Geography and the Environment' by Joseph Holden is a good place to start for physical, and equally: 'Introducing Human Geographies' by Cloke, Crang and Goodwin covers some interesting themes in human geography.
    Beyond that, universities are looking for students who think geographically rather than students who have read a checklist of books, so even encouraging the student to read daily newspapers and reflect geographically on the stories covered would be of benefit. However, as the last poster suggested, journal articles are brilliant in this respect.
    I hope this helps

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