1st Edition

Studying PGCE Geography at M Level
Reflection, Research and Writing for Professional Development

Edited By

Clare Brooks

ISBN 9780415490757
Published October 19, 2009 by Routledge
192 Pages

USD $39.95

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Book Description

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

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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.