1. Knowing geography and geography curriculum


1.1 Know the breadth and depth of the academic discipline including its concepts, skills, values and understandings.

Focus question:
  • How does knowledge of the academic discipline ensure that students learn worthwhile and relevant geography?
Further questions:
  • What place does contemporary subject knowledge have in teaching geography?
  • How do you justify the use of contemporary subject knowledge in teaching geography?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this sample of accomplished teaching practice concerning a Year 9 class, the teacher gives an account of the teaching preparation she has made and the data broadsheet that she has produced to support a ‘skill-based couple of lessons looking at things like location and region, geographic characteristics’. Does the data broadsheet demonstrate the depth and breadth of this teacher’s knowledge of geography? If so, how specifically does it do this?

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(b) Backdrop:
In this sample, the teacher recounts preparations he has made regarding a lesson for Year 12 on topographic maps. To what extent does he demonstrate comprehensive disciplinary knowledge in making these preparations? How is this knowledge actually put into effect?

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Further links and resources

The Geographical Association of the United Kingdom (GA) says that Geography supports “a lifelong conversation with the Earth as the home for human kind”.
Geographical Association, (2009). A different view: a manifesto from the Geographical Association. Sheffield: Geographical Association
http://www.geography.org.uk/resources/adifferentview

 
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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