6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices


6.3 Use fieldwork and outdoor learning as a key practice to develop students’ data collection, analysis and evaluative skills, to deepen their understanding of place, space and environments.

Focus question:
  • How do you guide your students to make sense of data?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this post-lesson interview sample the teacher explains why the lesson focused on developing students’ skills in field sketching. He has used a photograph sourced from the internet. He also explains what additional skills are developed in other years. How does the teacher show an awareness of the students’ lack of experience in fieldwork activities and the need to develop these skills? 

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(b) Backdrop:
In this post-field work interview sample the teacher explains the outdoor learning that he and his colleagues were attempting to achieve while visiting a selection of coastal environments. What processes did he and his colleagues use to enhance the students’ understandings of coastal environments? How did he move the students into a field work mode?

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1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum
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2. Fostering geographical inquiry and fieldwork
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3. Developing geographical thinking and communication
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4. Understanding students and their communities
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5. Establishing a safe, supportive and intellectually challenging learning environment

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6. Understanding geography teaching – pedagogical practices
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7. Planning, assessing and reporting

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8. Progressing professional growth and development

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9. Learning and working collegially

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