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Areas of expertise

Sharon's main areas of expertise include primary geography, environmental, and outdoor learning and primary professional practice.  Sharon is a Consultant for the Geographical Association and a member of the National Moderation team for the Primary Geography Quality Mark, a scheme to recognise and disseminate excellence and enjoyment in primary geography teaching and learning. In addition, she is the Hampshire Geography Champion and a member of the Early Years and Primary Phase Committee of the Geographical Association. 

Publications

Articles

  • Boxley, S. Clarke, H. Witt, S. and Dewey, V (2014) 'Talking with trolls:  A creative and critical engagement with students' nature-naivety' in K. Winograd (Ed) , Critical Literacies and Young Learners, Oxon Abingdon: Routledge, 70-85.
  • Morse, C. and Witt, S. (2014) ‘Go, be playful’, Primary Geography, 84, 16-17.
  • Witt,S. with Cannons,J.Brooks,A.,Keable,L. and Loftus ,J. (2014) Do you believe in Bog Babies , Primary Geography ,83,16-17 
  • Witt, S. (2013) Chance encounters of the playful kind: exploring places, Teaching Geography, Vol. 38 (3), pp. 114-115
  • Witt, S. (2013) ‘Experiencing the Brecon Beacons; a wilder context for learning’ Capturean e journal, Winchester: University of Winchester
  • Witt, S. & Rawlinson, S. (2012) ‘I’ve started so you’ll finish’ Primary Geography 78, pp 8 -9
  • Witt, S. (2010) ‘Primary Teaching Winter Ideas’, Read it online
  • Witt, S. and Sudbury, J. (2010)   ‘Geography and Art: A Sense of Place at Bishop's Waltham Junior School’, Primary Geographer, Summer 2010, pp.20-21; 
  • Witt, S. (2010) ‘Geography and Art: Happy Spaces, Happy Places’, Primary Geographer, Summer 2012, pp.18-19;
  • Boxley, S. Clarke, H. Fletcher, L. Phethean, K. and Witt, S (2009) ‘Big questions, little steps: towards a sustainable future’ in T. Jessop and B Lewis,( ed) Capture , Winchester: University of Winchester
  • Kempster, E. and Witt, S (2009) Make my future sustainable! Part 1: Children's ideas on climate change, Primary Geographer, Autumn 2009, pp16-18.
  • Witt, S ( 2009) Happy Geographers Poster, Primary Geographer, Spring 2009
  • Witt, S ( 2009) We are Happy Geographers! Primary Geographer, Spring 2009, pp. 21- 24 ​

Chapters

  • Witt, S. (2013) ‘Playful approaches to learning out of doors’ in S. Scoffham (ed) Teaching Geography Creatively,  Abingdon: Routledge, 47-58
  • Clarke, H. & Witt, S. (2016) 'Rescuing the Earth through small world play' in K. Winograd (Ed) Education in times of Environmental Crisis: teaching children to be agents of change, New York: Routledge.  

Published conference proceedings

  • Witt, S. & Clarke, H. (2014) ‘Seeking to unsettle student teachers’ notions of curriculum: making sense of imaginative encounters in the natural world’, Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability (TEESNet), Seventh Annual Conference, 10th July 2014 Liverpool Hope University.
  • Witt, S.& Clarke, H. (2013) ‘Selborne: the big reveal; exploring ITE students’ relationships with nature’ Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability (TEESNet)Sixth Annual Conference 11TH July 2013 London South Bank University
  • Witt, S. and Clarke, H. (2012) ‘Selborne: a place of responses; a cross-curricular opportunity for ITE students to ‘watch narrowly’ within broad horizons’, Paper presented at the Teesnet Conference London South Bank University , 12th July 2012, Read it online, (accessed 10/9/12)

Conferences

  • Witt, S. with Daniel A. and Codina, G.  (2016) Once within a place …Exploring place through narrative: Storytelling in woodlands, Charney Manor Primary Geography Research Conference, 26th – 28th February 2016. 
  • Witt, S. and Tutchell, S. (2016) Layers in the landscape:  an emerging geography/art process model, Charney Manor Primary Geography Research Conference, 26th – 28th February 2016. 
  • Clarke, H. and Witt, S. (2016) In the company of pigeons: meaningful geographical connections, A workshop at the Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 8-9th April 2016.
  • Clarke, H and Witt, S.  (2016) Attending to place: connecting with the natural world, 2nd  interdisciplinary conference: Nature Connections , College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby, 15th June 2016.
  • ​Witt, S. (2015) Fostering geographical wisdom, National Primary Geography Research Conference, Charney Manor.
  • Witt, S. (2015) "Do not bubble wrap us": Exploring professional challenges and resilience with undergraduate primary geography specialists, National Primary Geography Research Conference, Charney Manor.
  • Witt, S. and Clarke, H. (2015)  Exploring Nature Naivety in a beckoning world, nature Connections Conference, University of Derby, 26th March 2015  
  • Witt, S., Owens. P. & Rawlinson, S. (2014) ‘The wild of Geography’,  Workshop at Charney Manor Research Conference for Primary Geography.
  • Witt, S. (2013) It's a small world. Paper presented at the National Geographical Association Conference, University of Derby.
  • Witt, S., Rawlinson, S. & Greenwood, E. (2013) Tales of the unexpected; geographical fieldwork in the Brecon Beacons. Paper presented at the University of Winchester -Teaching and Learning day.
  • Witt, S., Owens, P.  & Rawlinson, S. (2013) Jumping for Joy in the Brecon Beacons. Paper presented at the Charney Manor Research Conference for Primary Geography.
  • Witt, S. & Rawlinson,S. (2013) Brecon: the unexpected journey. Paper presented at theGeography Teacher Educators Conference, University of Hull.
  • Witt, S. (2012) Urban drifting; a playful approach to geographical fieldwork. Paper presented at the Geography Teacher Educators Conference, University of Swansea. 
  • Witt, S. (2012) Woodland Tales; writing the Earth. Paper presented at the Charney Manor Research Conference for Primary Geography.
  • Witt, S. (2012) A world of our own. Paper presented at the National Geographical Association Conference, University of Manchester.
  • Witt, S. (2011) Be a champion, co-led workshop at the National Geographical Association Conference, University of Guildford.
  • Witt, S. (2011) Making a place for den building in the primary Geography. Paper presented at the Charney Manor Research Conference for Primary Geography.
  • Witt, S. (2011) Exploring children's personal geographies using scrapbooking. Paper presented at the Geography Teacher Educators Conference, University of Nottingham, Matlock Bath.
  • Witt, S. (2010) Exploring personal geographies. Paper presented at the National Primary Geography and History conference, NUT Headquarters, London.
  • Witt, S. (2010) More than meets the eye. Paper presented at the NQT/PGCE workshop, National Geographical Association Conference, University of Derby.
  • Witt, S. (2010) A view from the woods. Paper presented at the Charney Manor Research Conference for Primary Geography.
  • Witt, S. (2009) Exploring children's personal geographies using scrapbooking. Paper presented at the Charney Manor Research Conference for Primary Geography.
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