Debates in Geography Education encourages student and practising teachers to engage with and reflect on key issues, concepts and debates in their specialist subject teaching. It aims to enable geography teachers to reach their own informed judgements and argue their point of view with deeper theoretical knowledge and understanding.
Expert editors and contributors provide a balance of experience and perspectives and offer international, historical and policy contexts, evidence informed classroom debates and a glimpse of the subject’s expanding horizons.
Debates considered include:
The comprehensive, rigorous coverage of these key issues, together with carefully annotated selected further reading, reflective questions and a range of specific web-based resources, will help support shape your own research and writing. Debates in Geography Education is a source of knowledge, experience and debate that will be essential reading for all students studying at Masters level, practising teachers who want to develop a better understanding of the issues that shape their practice, and Education Studies students considering in-depth subject teaching.
Introduction: geography education, questions and choices. David Lambert and Mark Jones Section One: Policy debates 1. What is geography’s place in the primary school curriculum? Fran Martin 2. What is KS3 for? John Hopkin 3.What is geography’s place in post 14 education? David Gardner Section Two: ‘Classroom’ debates 4. What constitutes knowledge in geography? Roger Firth 5. How do we understand conceptual development in school geography? Clare Brooks 6. What is the rightful place of physical geography? Duncan Hawley 7. Whatever happened to the enquiry approach in geography? Jane Ferretti 8. What is personalised learning in geography? Mark Jones 9. Where is the curriculum created? Mary Biddulph 10. How do we link assessment to making progress in geography? Paul Weeden 11. Examining geography: what geography is examined in schools and colleges? Bob Digby 12. How is the learning of skills articulated in the geography curriculum? Phil Wood 13. What is the contribution of fieldwork to school geography? Alan Kinder 14. How has technology impacted on the teaching of geography and geography teachers? Alan Parkinson 15. Geographical information (GI) – how could it be used? Mary Fargher 16. How does geography contribute to ‘employability’? John Lyon 17. How do we deal with controversial issues in a ‘relevant’ school geography? David Mitchell 18. What does geography contribute to global learning? Alex Standish 19. How does Education for Sustainable Development relate to geography education? Maggie Smith Section Three: Subject debates 20. What do we mean by thinking geographically? John Morgan 21. Does geography adapt to changing times? Charles Rawding 22. Can geography cross ‘the divide’? Graham Butt and Gemma Collins 23. What do we know about concept formation and making progress in learning geography? Liz Taylor