4th Edition

Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School A Companion to School Experience

    316 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School has become the widely recommended textbook for student and new teachers of geography. It helps you acquire a deeper understanding of the role, purpose and potential of geography within the secondary curriculum, and provides the practical skills needed to design, teach and evaluate stimulating and challenging lessons.

    It is grounded in the notion of social justice and the idea that all students are entitled to a high-quality geography education. The very practical dimension provides you with support structures through which you can begin to develop your own philosophy of teaching and debate key questions about the nature and purpose of the subject in school.

    Thoroughly updated to take account of the latest research, evidence and policy, this new edition reflects new developments in technology as well as current thinking on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Exploring the fundamentals of teaching and learning geography in school, chapters cover:

    • Why we teach geography – its purposes and intent
    • Understanding and planning the curriculum – what to teach
    • Effective pedagogy – how to teach
    • Inclusion
    • Assessment
    • Developing and using resources
    • Fieldwork and outdoor learning
    • Values and school geography’s contribution to ‘citizenship’
    • Professional development

    Intended as a core textbook and written with both university and school-based initial teacher education in mind, Learning to Teach Geography is essential reading for all those who aspire to become able, effective and above all, thoughtful and reflective teachers.


    Chapter 1: Why teach geography

    Chapter 2: The geography curriculum

    Chapter 3: Pedagogy

    Chapter 4: Pupils’ Learning

    Chapter 5: Inclusion

    Chapter 6: Resources

    Chapter 7: Fieldwork

    Chapter 8: Assessment

    Chapter 9: For citizenship

    Chapter 10: Professional development


    Mary Biddulph is Former Senior Lecturer in Geography Education, School of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK.

    David Lambert is Emeritus Professor of Geography Education in the Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment at UCL Institute of Education, London, UK.

    David Balderstone is a Headteacher in Milton Keynes, UK.

    Praise for previous editions of Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School

    'This is a practical and visionary book, as well as being superbly optimistic. It has as much to offer the experienced teacher as the novice and could be used to reinvigorate geography departments everywhere. Practical activities and ideas are set within a carefully worked out, authoritative, conceptual framework.' - The Times Educational Supplement

    'This is a modern, powerful, relevant and comprehensive work…a standard reference for many beginning teachers on geography initial teacher training courses.' - Educational Review