Studying PGCE Geography at M Level is for all students undertaking their PGCE, those working to gain Masters credits, and experienced teachers who wish to broaden their understanding of geography education.
Bridging the gap between theory and practice, it is designed to support and challenge teachers as they explore geography education research, consider how theory and research enhance practice, and develop critical reflection on practice. Divided into three key sections, it:
- investigates professional practice - what we understand about professionalism and quality in geography education, and how teachers can improve their practice
- introduces perspectives and debates on key themes and ideas in geography education, including subject expertise, sustainable development, learning outside the classroom, and assessment
- provides practical guidance on the skills involved in undertaking M level work – extended reading, engaging with theory, undertaking research, and writing your dissertation.
Chapters include key readings and questions to encourage further research and reflection, and every chapter is illustrated with summaries of real students’ dissertations, demonstrating the kind of research undertaken at M Level.
Written by experts in geography education, Studying PGCE Geography at M Level offers invaluable support and inspiration for all those engaged in teaching, research and writing in geography education.
Table of Contents
Introduction Clare Brooks Part One: Reflecting on geography teaching in practice 1. Being a professional geography teacher David Lambert 2. What makes a ‘good’ geography teacher? John Morgan 3. Reflecting critically on practice Sheila King Part Two: Dimensions of teaching geography 4. Making sense of the global dimension Nicole Blume, Doug Bourn, Karen Edge 5. Developing and reflecting on subject expertise Clare Brooks 6. Education for sustainable development and geography education Alun Morgan 7. Being critical when teaching with technology David Mitchell 8. Assessment, teaching and learning Paul Weeden 9. Beyond a tokenistic multiculturalism Hakhee Kim 10. Approaches to learning outside the classroom Bob Digby Part Three: Writing and researching geography education 11. Engaging with theory Denise Freeman 12. Undertaking researching and writing dissertations Clare Brooks, Adrian Conradi, Alison Leonard 13. Writing at Masters level Clare Brooks
Clare Brooks is Lecturer in Geography Education at the Institute of Education. She is tutor on the IoE’s Geography PGCE, Course Leader of MA in Geography Education and Subject Leader of PGCE (Secondary) Geography. Her research interests are in geography teachers’ subject knowledge, the influence and use of geographical knowledge in education, and recent projects include Youngnet, looking at internet software for aid collaborative learning across four European countries. She also delivers Primary and ICT Geography Inset.