ERIC Number: ED211417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Concepts in Geography as A Basis for Curriculum.
Conolly, Geoffrey K.
This paper discusses a concept-based approach to teaching secondary geography. It is intended to help teachers in Australia write suitable geography programs and adopt teaching practices appropriate to the 1980s. A useful way to understand "concept" is to put the idea in a context with the definitions of other words such as fact, information, knowledge, percept, generalization, and principle. Conceptual thinking involves the mental grouping of phenomena. Geography's place in the school curriculum is based on its contribution both to the student's acquisition of useful knowlege about the world in which he lives and to his development of abilities in thinking that can help him understand, cope with, enjoy, and contribute to that world. The teacher has a vital role in the efficiency of concept formation by selecting relevant information, posting appropriate questions, and helping students clarify their ideas. It is important that teachers clarify their understanding of how concepts may be viewed as hierarchial and developmental. Teachers must have an understanding of the learning processes involved in concept formation. They must also be aware of the students' developmental stages and be able to determine the stage of thinking attained by the students. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, CA, April 19-22, 1981).