Presenting at You Are Here: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment (March 2017)

Presenting at You Are Here: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Place, Space, and Embodiment (March 2017)

Kansas State University

Contact: tblarsen@ksu.edu     

Link to Current CV: Thomas Larsen CV 2017

I am a PhD student of Geography at Kansas State University.  I research topics relating to the human-environment relationship, geography education, environmental perception, and geographic thought.   Recent publications reflect my interests in the intersections between the following two phenomena:  1) how K-12 students think about place over time and across socio-cultural backgrounds, and 2) the presence of place in social studies and science education. 

I am actively involved in the Kansas Geographic Alliance (KGA) and the National Geographic Network of Alliances for Geographic Education.  I am also a member of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the American Geographical Society, and the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE). 

In summer 2016, Dr. John Harrington, Jr. and I co-organized a research coordination network (RCN) addressing learning progressions for place and region in geography education.  The RCN was made possible through National Science Foundation (NSF) funds provided by the National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE).

The goal of my work is to help myself and others uncover and appreciate the terra incognita ("totally unexplored territory") of the places we encounter.  Places are constantly being conceived, changed, intensified, reinvented, and also forgotten.  Those places can be familiar or foreign, amusing or ordinary, real or imagined.  Regardless, they represent a core of what it means to be human.

KGA Geography Education Workshop at Mid-America Nazarene University in October 2016.

KGA Geography Education Workshop at Mid-America Nazarene University in October 2016.