Gowin's Knowledge Vee and the integration of philosophy and methodology: a case study

Fox, R.C. (2007) Gowin's Knowledge Vee and the integration of philosophy and methodology: a case study. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 31 (2). pp. 269-284. ISSN 0309-8265



Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098260601063735


Universities with a strong research tradition commonly have courses or modules examining the tradition’s philosophies and methodologies to prepare their students to undertake research programmes. Recently, however, authors have called for wider debate concerning how we teach these courses and this paper is intended, in part, to make a contribution to this debate. The Research Philosophy and Methodology module examined here makes an intriguing case study because of a number of distinctive characteristics. The teaching philosophy of the module is social constructivist and it uses Gowin’s Knowledge Vee as its main heuristic device. This facilitates the construction of knowledge about philosophy and methodology in an integrated manner. The module has also been designed for both physical and human geography students at the introductory post-graduate level. There is, therefore, a second element of integration in the curriculum. Lastly, the module is predominantly web-based, being taken by distance students through the exchange agreement between Rhodes University, South Africa, and the University of Trollhättan-Uddevalla, Sweden. Evidence from reflective exercises shows that the learners’ understanding of research and the research process has deepened considerably through using Gowin’s Vee. Furthermore, using the Knowledge Vee in the web-based context has facilitated the integrative aspects of the module.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gowin's Vee, research philosophy and methodology, web-based learning, constructivism, curriculum development
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Geography
ID Code:821
Deposited By: Professor R.C. Fox
Deposited On:09 Oct 2007
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