ERIC Number: ED156599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Some Aspects of Geography as a School Subject in Britain with Particular Reference to Two Schools in London.
Brook, Diane L.
Observations of geography instruction in two high schools in London and research at the University of London Institute of Education provide the basis for an overview of pre-college geography instruction in Britain. Because British secondary schools concentrate more on universal education, they are developing a curriculum which is similar to the American comprehensive high school curriculum. Some significant differences remain, however, between educational practices and educational objectives in Britain and the United States. For example, geography in Britain is pursued as a separate discipline rather than an integral part of social studies; can be a secondary school major subject rather than a one-year course of study; emphasizes field work; and is widely differentiated according to teacher and pupil ability. Several conceptually-based curriculum projects have been developed recently in Britain for pupils of varying aptitude. These include a progressive learning program for advanced 14-18 year old students; a set of learning materials for young school leavers; and a social studies project dealing with place, time, and society for students eight to 13 years old. The conclusion is that geography in British schools is changing and that most changes are in the direction of American public school geography. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Comparative Education, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Field Studies, Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Geography, Secondary Education, Social Studies, State of the Art Reviews, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
Geography Curriculum Project, 107 Dudley Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602 ($1.25, paper cover, 15% discount on orders of 20 or more)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Geography Curriculum Project.
Identifiers: England; United States
Note: Table on pages 13, 13a has been retyped; To assemble, place page 13a beside page 13 to the right