3. Developing geographical thinking and communication


3.4 Provide students with varied contexts through which to construct a deep understanding of geographical concepts and use case studies to give support to the subject’s breadth and depth.

Focus question:
  • How do you decide where the use of case studies is appropriate in your geography teaching and learning?
  • What do you consider when selecting case studies?
Further questions:
  • What future plans do you have for enhancing spatial thinking of your students?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this pre-lesson interview the teacher explains the tasks which he will be initiating with his year 10 class. They will be researching the aid relationships between Australia and five Asian countries using resources such as AusAID and Global Education websites. What processes, other than the use of the websites, is he using to undertake case studies of these Asian countries? Does his approach demonstrate an understanding of where case studies are appropriately used in geography teaching?

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(b) Backdrop:
The contextual information for this year 10 class describes how students are responding to a simulation lesson, for the Caribbean Island of Montserrat, that they have previously investigated, in which a hurricane approaches the island at the same time as volcanic activity is occurring. Does this approach demonstrate an understanding of where case studies are appropriate, as an introductory method, to a geography lesson in which simulation techniques are used?

Sample 10 [Contextual information]

 
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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