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Catling, Simon – Geographical Education, 2013
This article provides an insight into the development of primary geography since the inception of the national curriculum in England in the late 1980s. It is hoped this is informative as the "Australian Curriculum: Geography Foundation to Year 12" is introduced to and implemented in primary schools. It draws out various matters which…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Geography, Geography Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Catling, Simon – Review of International Geographical Education Online, 2014
It is a decade since the last review of the geographical understandings of pre-service primary teachers. Examining the range of research about novice primary teachers' geographical and environmental knowledge and understanding, it is clear there have been limited follow up studies, and there remain important gaps in the research. Research relevant…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Lee, Jongwon; Catling, Simon; Kidman, Gillian; Bednarz, Robert; Krause, Uwe; Martija, Andoni Arenas; Ohnishi, Koji; Wilmot, Di; Zecha, Stefanie – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2021
Like all school textbooks, geography textbooks are authored. Almost all textbook research in and beyond geography has neglected their authors. This questionnaire-based multinational research project investigated the perceptions of 71 primary and secondary school geography textbook authors from seven countries in five continents. Though not…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Textbooks, Authors, Elementary Secondary Education
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Lee, Jongwon; Catling, Simon – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2017
This study investigated the perspectives of seven English authors, on aspects of their geography textbook writing for schools in England, through a questionnaire-based enquiry. This investigation asked about the features that geography textbook authors consider to be the most important when designing student activities, and which criteria they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Textbook Content, Instructional Design
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Lee, Jongwon; Catling, Simon – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2016
There has been much research into the nature and uses of school geography textbooks as teaching resources, yet the perceptions of their authors have been neglected. This study investigated the perspectives of a sample of authors of English primary and secondary school geography textbooks on their experiences as textbook authors. It enquired into…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbook Preparation, Geography, Authors
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Catling, Simon – Geographical Education, 1999
Discusses aspects of cultural understanding, particularly intercultural understanding, and addresses the development of cultural understanding through geography. Argues that textbooks and other secondary sources should present information about places and communities as changing and contested. Examines five primary geography textbook series and…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Cultural Awareness, Educational Research, Elementary Education
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Catling, Simon – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2014
It is argued that children's voice can and should be enhanced in primary schooling, and particularly in geographical learning. Using examples from different aspects of geographical experience and content, four approaches to engaging children's voice are presented: children leading and developing geographical topics; children bringing…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Expertise
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Catling, Simon – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2010
This paper outlines a number of sources for use in research in geographical education. Sources within and beyond geographical education are noted, with examples of the range of sources that can be called upon.
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Educational Research, Information Sources, Evidence
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Catling, Simon; Greenwood, Richard; Martin, Fran; Owens, Paula – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2010
This paper reports the initial findings of a study in the UK and the Republic of Ireland of teacher educators and teachers who are involved in promoting geography education in primary schooling. Following research by Buttimer, Chawla, McPartland, Palmer and others, it sought to investigate the connections between early formative life experiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Elementary School Teachers, Personal Narratives
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Catling, Simon – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2005
While there has been research into children's geographical and environmental understanding, comparatively little has provided insight into children's perspectives on their geographical learning. Some depth of understanding is available about children's personal local environmental experience and about spatial cognition, but there is much about…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Geography Instruction, Geography, Environmental Education