ERIC Number: EJ841078
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Curriculum Reform and Primary Geography in Finland: A Gap between Theory and Practice?
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v13 n1 p6-20 2004
This paper examines geographical education for children under 13 years of age in Finland in the present situation, in which geography is taught as part of "Environmental and Natural Studies", the school subject integrating biology, geography, environmental studies, civics, physics and chemistry. In the content analysis of school textbooks, attention is paid to the role of geography and some of its central concepts. It is shown how the social dimension of the environment is neglected, causing the inability to implement education for sustainable development in practice. The local environment of the students is apparent in the textbooks, but they seldom contain any social or cultural elements. The viewpoint of the article comes from the cultural turn in geography, with its ideas of subjectivity, identity and the significance of culture, because, it is argued, the theoretical debates could offer many interesting approaches for geographical education in classrooms.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Content Analysis, Geography, Textbooks, Sustainable Development, Social Environment, Social Influences, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland