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Maude, Alaric – Geographical Education, 2022
The article offers a critique of the Knowledge and Understanding sub-strand of the revised Australian Curriculum: Geography for Years F-6, due to be implemented in Australian schools in 2024. As a foundation for this critique, the article first discusses what should be the aims of geography in primary schools, in order to provide some criteria for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, National Curriculum, Elementary School Curriculum, Geography
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Teece, Bronwyn L.; Metternicht, Graciela; Gnassi, Antonio; Vuolo, Francesco; Belfiore, Oscar Rosario – Geographical Education, 2021
Educational policy and management emphasise the role of science (e.g., earth science, geography) as a fundamental aspect of societal advance, but student enrolments at universities in these disciplines remain low. This commentary explores ways to foster more collaboration between university academics and high school teachers to implement…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Agricultural Education, Sustainability
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Henderson, Deborah – Geographical Education, 2020
Three decades ago, Stephen Kemmis (1990) argued that curricula provide insights into how nations and states interpret themselves and how they want to be interpreted. He also noted that 'debates about curriculum reveal fundamental concerns, uncertainties and tensions which preoccupy nations and states as they struggle to adapt to changing…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Barriers, Geography Instruction
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Hill, Allen; Emery, Sherridan; Dyment, Janet – Geographical Education, 2020
The introduction of the Australian Curriculum in 2011 and 2012 brought with it a variety of responses, from consternation from some states less willing to give up their autonomous curriculum positioning through to significant optimism from educators and academics about the opportunities and benefits afforded by such a national curriculum…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Educational Benefits, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty
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Mills, Reece; Tomas, Louisa – Geographical Education, 2020
Sustainability is an important cross-curriculum priority in Australian education that is not commonly realised in schools and classrooms. In this article, we discuss the challenges and opportunities to enacting sustainability, suggesting that both top-down (systemic schoolwide leadership and support) and bottom-up (individual educator's…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Sustainability, Geography Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Digan, Sarah – Geographical Education, 2019
Digital technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be innovative tools for learning when used in purposeful ways and embedded in sound pedagogical frameworks. The predominant skills stimulated through the use of GIS are querying, collecting, analysing and manipulating spatial data. In recent years, the financial, technological…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Computer Software, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Caldis, Susan; Kleeman, Grant – Geographical Education, 2019
One of the questions being asked in schools is the extent to which Geography can be considered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subject. While such a question might be driven by those strategic opportunists seeking to elevate the status of the subject within the school's curriculum, or as a means of leveraging an increase…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, STEM Education, Educational Objectives, Definitions
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Chang, Chew Hung; Seow, Tricia – Geographical Education, 2018
The word "test" comes to mind when a person, who is unacquainted with education discourses, reads about assessment issues. Beyond issues of reliability and validity in designing measurement constructs, assessment for school geography must result in better geographical learning. In other words, there must be "consequential…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Student Evaluation, Skill Development, Test Validity
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Carey, Rachel; Sheridan, Jen – Geographical Education, 2017
Australia's major state capitals are surrounded by highly productive food bowls, which are an important source of fresh foods for their growing populations. These food producing biomes are a rich resource for investigating key themes related to Biomes and food security, one of two Year 9 units of study in the Australian Curriculum: Geography. This…
Descriptors: Food, Security (Psychology), Units of Study, Secondary School Students
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Lambert, David; Solem, Michael – Geographical Education, 2017
This paper arises from the Keynote we co-delivered at the 2017 AGTA Conference in Melbourne. In the paper, we outline the main theoretical resources that underpin the GeoCapabilities project (www.geocapabilities.org). This project has sought to engage teachers and teacher educators in geography with the principles of "curriculum…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Teacher Effectiveness, Foreign Countries
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van Tol, Jason – Geographical Education, 2017
This article explores the role that corporations can play in the creation or failure of a sustainable society. A review of the concept of sustainability in the Australian Curriculum: Geography is made and then linked to a comparison of the legal framework guiding business activities of traditional corporations and those of B Corporations, which…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Geography Instruction, Business Education, Sustainable Development
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Hutchinson, Nick – Geographical Education, 2016
This article examines various meanings of the term landscape. It advocates a deep engagement with the concept to enable high school students to carry out a range of thought-provoking geographical inquiries. Each aspect of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority's definition of landscape, shown below, is examined by reference…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Geography Instruction, Geographic Regions
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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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Childs, Iraphne R. W.; Berg, Kathryn – Geographical Education, 2015
The Australian Geography Competition (AGC) was established in 1995 by the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland (RGSQ) and the Australian Geography Teachers' Association to promote the study of geography in Australian secondary schools and to reward student excellence in geographical studies. Initially focusing on students at the lower…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography, Geography Instruction, Rewards
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Maude, Alaric – Geographical Education, 2015
The concept of powerful knowledge was introduced into educational debates nearly a decade ago by Michael Young, a British sociologist of education. Young describes powerful knowledge as knowledge that enables young people to go beyond the limits of their own experience; better explain and understand the world; think about alternative futures and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, National Curriculum, Knowledge Level
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