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3rd Edition

Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School
A companion to school experience

ISBN 9781138779440
Published May 18, 2015 by Routledge
362 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Fully revised and updated in light of extensive changes to the curriculum, as well as to initial teacher education, the new edition considers the current debates around what we mean by geographical knowledge, and what’s involved in studying at Masters level. Key chapters explore the fundamentals of teaching and learning geography:

  • Why we teach and what to teach
  • Understanding and planning the curriculum
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Developing and using resources
  • Fieldwork and outdoor learning
  • Values in school geography
  • Professional development

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

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

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Why teach geography and what to teach in geography

Chapter 2: The geography curriculum

Chapter 3: Planning

Chapter 4: Pedagogy

Chapter 5: Pupils’ Learning

Chapter 6: Resources

Chapter 7: Fieldwork and outdoor learning

Chapter 8: Assessment

Chapter 9: Values in school geography

Chapter 10: Professional development

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

David Lambert is Professor of Geography Education at the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy, Institute of Education, University College London, UK.

David Balderstone is a School Improvement Partner and Associate Headteacher in Milton Keynes, UK.