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Geography in the Early Years

2nd Edition

By Joanna Birch, Joy Palmer


232 pages

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This completely revised and updated second edition of Geography in the Early Years presents a lively and comprehensive overview of teaching and learning in geography.

Theoretical aspects of early years teaching in geography are complemented by up-to-date research findings and illustrated with discussion, a wealth of case studies, and suggestions for the development and implementation of sound geographical work in practice.

In a practitioner-friendly style, this book provides:

  • an examination of the essence of geography in terms of children's conceptions of the physical environment
  • a detailed description of geography in the national curriculum and of the place and nature of environmental education within early years teaching
  • guidelines for taking a whole school approach in policy, planning and organisation of geographical learning
  • examples of initial teacher training and continuing professional developments.

This highly accessible, illuminating book will be immensely helpful to teachers, student teachers, policy-makers and all other providers of education for children aged three to seven years.


'Essentially a practical book, this deserves a place in every primary staffroom library' - Primary Geographer

Table of Contents

1. The Young Child in the Geographical World 2. Geographical and Environmental Education 3. Policy, Planning and Organisation 4. Policy into Practice 5. Training and Professional Development 6. Resources.

About the Authors

Professor Joy Palmer was formerly at the School of Education, University of Durham and is now their Pro-Vice Chancellor. Joanna Birch is Senior Research Associate at the University of Durham.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science