No book has yet been published that has attempted to cover the history of geography as a school subject. Yet the story of the growth of this subject - a major player in the league table of student preferences and examination entries - is woven deep into the social history of the nation, as well as being studded with colourful personalities.
absorbing, because it places the evolution of a school subject in skilfully evoked social and political contexts…unfailingly entertaining, because erudition is everywhere complemented by humanity and wit.
Times Educational Supplement
Walford"s detailed chronology is both relevant and useful to academics, students and teachers."
History of Education Society Bulletin
"informative history of geography in schools…thoroughly enjoyable… a valuable addition for an education history frameworks module."
"an enjoyable and important book, which is heartily recommended. It will provide its readers with a fascinating view of the past development of our subject in schools as well as the immediate challenges for the future."
Times educational Supplement
"the book is aborbing, because it places the evolution of a school subject in skillfullyu evoked social and political contexts… unfailingly entertaining, because erudition is everywhere complemented by humanity and wit"
Geographical Education Journal
"the first book to explore the colourful story of how geography has grown to be a major subject in the education systems of the UK"
The Educational Supplement
"a unique and much needed reminder of the significance of geography in schools"
"written for people training to be geography teachers…however, so fascinating that it is worthy of a wider audience, including those who are interested in the history of education and those who are interested in the development geography"
- Area (Royal Geographical Society magazine)