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Learning to Teach Geography in the Secondary School

A companion to school experience, 3rd Edition

By Mary Biddulph, David Lambert, David Balderstone


350 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Secondary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General