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ERIC Number: EJ1158099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2146-0353
Dealing with Growth: Demographic Dynamics and (Un)Sustainability in Geography Textbooks
Bagoly-Simó, Péter
Review of International Geographical Education Online, v3 n1 p56-76 Spr 2013
Demographic dynamics is one of the core topics of (school) geography fostering both the development of geographical skills and cross-curricular purposes such as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The aim of this paper is to map the representation of demographic dynamics in lower secondary geography textbooks. A sample of twenty textbooks from the federal state of Bavaria (Germany), Romania, and Mexico were subject of text analysis. The results show that demographic dynamics serves primarily the purposes of geographical skill development while its contribution to ESD remains limited. The comparative analysis also showed that few of the textbooks display a consistent network of concepts that is able to support skill acquisition. Students might also get easily lost in scalar transitions. Thirdly, most textbooks display a strong normativity and contribute to constructing otherness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Romania; Mexico
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