4. Understanding students and their communities


4.4 Enrich learning by incorporating particular insights into the local community, as a social network of interacting individuals, groups and social interests, in space, to establish relevance and connection and incorporate these resources into the curriculum.

Focus question:
  • As a geographer, how have you built understanding of local communities?
  • What kinds of insights and skills did you bring to this endeavour?
Samples of practice

(a) Backdrop:
In this slide a student of a year 8 class, who was part of a discussion about the cyclone Nargis disaster in southern Burma, responds to the question: “How did your teacher help your learning?” What is the student’s main phrase that demonstrates this teacher enriches learning through the use of insights into the local community and the students’ social networks?

Sample 5 GEOG06 [4. Student voice Slide 2]

Further links and resources
When describing  the general capability of knowing your local community and its connection to the wider world:
“The role that thinking and decision making play in geography help us live as global citizens, aware of our local communities in a global setting.”
Sorensen, L. (2009) Literature Review - for the National Geography Curriculum. Geographical Education 22: 15
 
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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