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Margaret Roberts receives MBE

Photo © Jeremy Krause.

The GA would like to offer its warmest congratulations to Margaret Roberts, former GA President and long-serving member of the GA’s Teacher Education Phase Committee, who received an MBE in the 2021 New Years Honours list for services to education. Margaret has had a profound impact on geography education since at least the 1990s. As a teacher educator at the University of Sheffield for many years, she directly influenced a generation of geography teachers across the city and further afield.

As a former editor of the GA’s Teaching Geography journal and through the publication of Learning through Enquiry (2003), Geography Through Enquiry (2013) and a wide range of articles in GA journals, Margaret’s research and practical wisdom have helped enrich classroom teaching around the world. Margaret is rightly admired across the geography education community not only for her insight and intelligence, but for the warmth and generosity she brings to her interactions with teachers, teacher educators, researchers and anyone aspiring or training to teach geography.

In typically modest style, Margaret said:

“I was very surprised to receive the award and felt very honoured, particularly when there are so many people in geographical education who have worked so hard to promote good practice. I would not have been able achieve what I have done without the support of the community of the Geographical Association. Through the GA I have met and shared ideas with so many inspirational people. The GA has given me opportunities to publish my ideas and those publications have led to further opportunities to present work at conferences and to work internationally. I feel most fortunate to have had this support but feel a bit parasitic, feeding off the ideas of others and incorporating them into my own thinking.”

For those wishing to incorporate some of Margaret’s inspirational ideas into their own thinking, a good place to start would be:

Geography Through Enquiry (2013)

Or listen to Margaret talk about her life and career in education on GeogPod.