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Preston, Lou – Geographical Education, 2016
Fieldwork is viewed as integral to geography teaching and acclaimed benefits often include holistic, student-driven learning, where all the senses are engaged and the impacts are more than cognitive. While these benefits are often assumed, in this paper, I argue that geography fieldwork in schools is often teacher-led and focused on the…
Descriptors: Geography, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research, Journal Writing
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Preston, Lou – Geographical Education, 2015
The idea for this paper emerged from a recent qualitative investigation which examined the ways in which six Australian primary teachers conceptualised geography and geography teaching (Preston, 2014b). A finding of this research was a strong correlation between the breadth of geographical understandings and the years of experience and age of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Place Based Education, Primary Education, Geography Instruction
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Preston, Lou – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2015
This paper reports on the second part of a two pronged qualitative investigation that examines the ways in which Australian primary teachers conceptualise geography and geography teaching. In the first part of the project, 47 pre-service primary teachers were surveyed. In this paper, I draw on interviews with six in-service primary teachers to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Qualitative Research
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Preston, Lou – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2014
This article reports on the results of a survey of Australian primary pre-service teachers' experiences, conceptions and perceptions of geography. Research was conducted with two cohorts of undergraduate primary pre-service teachers; one group in second year and another in the final year of a four-year teacher education course. The findings show…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Surveys, Preservice Teachers