ERIC Number: EJ720984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 44
New Strategies for Learning Geography: A Tool for Teachers' Professional Development in England and the Netherlands
Leat, David; Van der Schee, Joop; Vankan, Leon
European Journal of Teacher Education, v28 n3 p327-342 Oct 2005
Following a constructivist view on learning and based on the work of Adey and Shayer a group of teachers and lecturers in geographical education from northeast England developed some successful strategies to stimulate pupils' thinking skills. At the start of this century the ideas reached The Netherlands. This article presents the results of a survey among Dutch geography teachers who participated in an inservice training about thinking skills strategies for geography. Did these teachers really use the strategies in their classrooms after the inservice training? What kind of impact had it on their opinions about the usability of the strategies, their beliefs about students' learning and about their own teaching? This study shows that, in line with experiences in England, most Dutch geography teachers appreciate the thinking skills strategies as a good way to stimulate students' and their own learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography, Thinking Skills, Inservice Teacher Education, Teacher Attitudes, Constructivism (Learning), Geography Instruction, Professional Development, Teaching Methods, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (England)