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School geography: Exploring a definition
This unit explores school geography, focusing upon how geography is currently being...
This unit explores school geography, focusing upon how geography is currently being taught and understood. While studying this unit you will read about the significance of geography as a subject, looking at differing views as to exactly which disciplines make up geography. The unit also includes a lesson plan and a look at definitions of geography as a medium of education.
In this unit we will:
- open up and ‘map’ geography and the ways the subject is understood (and sometimes misunderstood);
- examine ways in which the subject is under pressure – especially with regard to the ‘chasm’ that is said to exist between university and school geography;
- establish reasons why the subject is important in relation to topical debates about sustainable development and citizenship;
- evaluate the power of the subject via a practical lesson idea;
- come to a ‘definition’ of geography in education.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Mapping geography
- 2 The subject discipline
- 3 Thinking geographically
- 4 Geography's educational power
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School geography: exploring a definition
This unit explores school geography, focusing upon how geography is currently being taught and understood. While studying this unit you will read about the significance of geography as a subject, considering what are the defining concepts for school geography and its educational value. The unit also includes a lesson plan and a look at definitions of geography as a medium of education.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 27th July 2011
Last updated on: Monday, 30th July 2012
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