1st Edition

Visualising Physical Geography: The How and Why of Using Diagrams to Teach Geography 11–16

By Luke Tayler Copyright 2024
    296 Pages 343 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 343 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practical guide breaks down the complex and broad field of physical geography, demonstrating how diagrams can be used by teachers to effectively explain the key concepts behind many natural processes and landforms. Featuring over 200 diagrams that cover the key topics taught in Key Stage 3 and 4 Geography, the book shows teachers how they can convey age-appropriate concepts without overwhelming or oversimplifying.

    Supported by summaries of background knowledge, common misconceptions, questions to check understanding, and extension activities, the concepts and topics explored include:

    • Rocks and weathering
    • Plate tectonics
    • Rivers
    • Coasts
    • Weather and climate
    • Ecosystems
    • Glaciation

    Backed by research and evidence to support the use of diagrams in the classroom, this is an essential read for any geography teacher or subject lead who wants to support their students in learning key concepts in physical geography.

    1. Why use diagrams;  2. How diagrams support learning;  3. How diagrams support teaching;  4. The diagrams;  Rocks and Weathering;  Plate Tectonics;  Rivers;  Coasts;  Weather and Climate;  Ecosystems;  Glaciation


    Luke Tayler is Head of Geography at St Christopher’s School, Bahrain.

    'For decades, evidence has been accumulating for the multimedia principle – the idea that people learn better from words and graphics than from words alone. Visualising Physical Geography by Luke Tayler examines why and how to apply the multimedia principle to teaching of physical geography. The book provides examples of how to incorporate graphics to explain a wide variety of topics in physical geography.'

    Richard E. Mayer, Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of 'Multimedia Learning: Third Edition.'


    'Geography is a very visual discipline and diagrams are a key way of simplifying the complexities of environmental systems and conveying them to students. In this book Luke Tayler convincingly makes the case for diagrams in pedagogy and provides some excellent examples and ideas for ways to use them in the classroom. A great resource for all geography teachers.'

    Professor Martin Evans, University of Manchester


    'Geography, the ill-informed often quip, is about colouring in. In this wonderful book, Luke Tayler, shows us why good drawing matters and how effective visual representation of natural process and landforms can enhance geographical education and learning. This is a volume chock full of suggestions, ideas, and resources – definitely a book every teacher will want at hand when planning or revising learning resources in physical geography.'

    Professor Alastair Owens, President of The Geographical Association