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ERIC Number: EJ1071642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0085-0969
Introducing National Curriculum Geography to Australia's Primary Schools: Lessons from England's Experience
Catling, Simon
Geographical Education, v26 p29-41 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 have affected geography in primary schools in England for good and ill and indicates that developing primary geography to a good and high level of teaching and learning is as yet an unfinished project, after two decades of development. Among the matters which affect good geography teaching are teachers' understanding of geography, their focus on subject teaching, access to useful resources, and the impact of government changes in policy and practice. Effective support in their school and opportunities to develop their geography teaching skills will make a positive difference. The active engagement of children in their geographical learning through their experiences and awareness can be used to take their learning beyond both the immediate and their current knowledge and understanding. In good primary schools geography is evident and enticing.
Australian Geography Teachers' Association. PO Box 315 Artarmon NSW 1570, Australia. Tel: 0437-897-993; Web site: Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England)
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