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School geography: Exploring a definition

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This free course, School geography: Exploring a definition, focuses on how geography is currently being taught and understood. While studying it you will read about the significance of geography as a subject, looking at differing views as to exactly which disciplines make up geography. The course 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.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 9 hours
  • Updated Monday 30th July 2012
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Education
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School geography: exploring a definition

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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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