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ERIC Number: EJ1172706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
A Critical Account of What "Geography" Means to Primary Trainee Teachers in England
Puttick, Steven; Paramore, John; Gee, Nick
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v27 n2 p165-178 2018
Research on trainee teachers' conceptions of geography has criticised their views for being limited, and failing to appreciate the breadth or depth of geography. A body of research in this area has developed over the past two decades, producing well-established classifications through which to analyse conceptions of geography. This contribution breaks from these classifications by offering a critical review of the existing literature and then, drawing on critical theory, distinguishing between geography as knowing, understanding, and acting. Findings from a survey of first year undergraduate primary trainee teachers (n = 42) are analysed through this critical framework, and it is argued that there is a distinct Cartesian duality in the way that respondents see the world as an object of study for learners as cognising subjects. This is argued to be problematic and, in response, a moral vision for school geography is outlined that represents geography in terms of a critical praxis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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