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Powerful Primary Geography

A Toolkit for 21st Century Learning, 1st Edition

By Anne M. Dolan


298 pages | 96 B/W Illus.

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Powerful Primary Geography: A Toolkit for 21st Century Learning enables children to become informed, caring and responsible citizens in their local and global community. Through examples of powerful geographical pedagogy, this book helps teachers and student teachers to re-conceptualise the way they teach geography. Showcasing examples of children working as geographers, solving real life problems, this book empowers teachers and children to create transformative geographical experiences in and beyond the classroom.

Based on cutting edge research, Powerful Primary Geography helps children understand how place, human actions and contemporary issues influence their current and future lives and covers topics such as:

  • Weather and Climate Change
  • Sustainability
  • Engaging in the local and global community
  • Graphicacy, map work and visual literacy
  • Understanding geography through the arts

Including several case studies from primary schools in Ireland, this book will help aid teachers, student teachers and education enthusiasts in preparing children for dealing with the complex nature of our contemporary world through artistic and thoughtful geography. Facilitating children’s engagement as local, national and global citizens ensures geography can be taught in a powerful and meaningful manner.

Table of Contents


  1. Powerful primary geography: setting the scene
  2. Powerful geographical thinking: initiating investigations and enquiries
  3. Teaching powerful geography through place based learning/education
  4. Playful approaches to powerful geography: games and artefacts and fun
  5. Teaching geography powerfully through topics: weather and climate change
  6. Teaching powerful geography through graphicacy, map work and visual literacy
  7. Teaching powerful geography through the arts
  8. Powerful geography: teaching citizenship, global learning and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Appendix 1


About the Author

Anne M. Dolan is a lecturer in primary geography with the Department of Learning, Society and Religious Education in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. Anne is passionate about primary geography and she is keen to share this passion with her students and primary teachers. She is particularly interested in creative approaches to geography, inter-disciplinary collaboration and the use of the arts in geographical explorations. As a researcher, Anne focuses on outdoor learning, children’s concepts of place and creative approaches to geography.

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