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Teaching secondary geography
Teaching secondary geography

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Teaching secondary geography


This free course, Teaching secondary geography, is designed for people who are learning to be a teacher, are in their first few years of teaching, or who are working in an educational setting. It identifies and explores some of the key issues around teaching geography in secondary schools. Engaging with these issues and debates will help you to reflect upon and develop your practice as a geography teacher. You will also develop a greater awareness of the wider context of geography education and how this affects geography in the secondary school curriculum.

Section 1 examines how students learn geography, discussing the role of concepts and ‘thinking geographically’. The second section explores how students can be engaged in geography, focusing on the use of enquiry and young people’s geographies to support learning. Section 3 discusses creativity in geography. The final section explores opportunities and challenges related to teaching controversial issues.

This course is based on a learner-centred approach to teaching, which is underpinned by a constructivist view of learning – that learners construct knowledge and understanding for themselves through activities and experiences.

Now listen to an introduction to this course by Gary Spruce:

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As you work through the activities you will be encouraged to record your thoughts on an idea, an issue or a reading, and how they relate to your practice. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas with colleagues. We therefore suggest that you use a notebook – either physical or electronic – to record your thoughts in a way in which they can easily be retrieved and re-visited. If you prefer, however, you can record your ideas in response boxes in the course – in this case, in order to retrieve your responses you will need to log on to the course.

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