Innovative or Experiential Teaching Approaches

  • Geography Professor Leads IUP Students on Three-Day Expedition


    Armed with atlases, cameras, and Route 6 in Pennsylvania, a packed vanload of IUP students swept across the northern tier of Pennsylvania on a three-day expedition to explore how physical, historical, and cultural geography influenced the landscapes enveloping US Route 6.

    The students were part of Kevin Patrick’s fall 2017 Geography of Pennsylvania class, and used as their guide the image-laden Arcadia Press book Patrick co-wrote with former chair of the University of Southern California Geography Department, Curt Roseman, and his wife and author of publications about the Midwest, Elizabeth Roseman. 

    The book and expedition followed Pennsylvania’s least-beaten path across the state over the forested mountains of the Allegheny Plateau east from Allegheny National Forest, over the Eastern Continental Divide at Denton Hill, along the North Branch Susquehanna River to Scranton, and over the Poconos to the Delaware River Valley. Marked out over the pre-existing Roosevelt Highway in 1928, US Route 6 was once the longest transcontinental highway in America stretching from Provincetown, Massachusetts, to Long Beach, California.

    Students experienced Potter County camp life, stood on the rim of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, plumbed the depths of an anthracite coal mine, analyzed cultural landscape patterns in the county seats of northern Pennsylvania, and conducted map work and field study techniques all along the route.