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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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Caldis, Susan; Cavanagh, Michael; Ryan, Mary – Geographical Education, 2022
A set of teaching standards for the subject of geography was developed by the profession for the profession and intended for use as a reflective tool for professional practice. These GEOGstandards were empirically generated from the practice of experienced, specialist geography teachers from across Australia. However, little is known about the use…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Geography, Theory Practice Relationship
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Caldis, Susan; Kleeman, Grant – Geographical Education, 2021
In 2018, the National Committee for Geographical Sciences released "Geography: Shaping Australia's Future: a strategic plan for the discipline of geography." Throughout the strategic plan, the contribution of geographical understanding and research to Australia's environmental, economic, and social wellbeing is made clear, and a series…
Descriptors: Geography, STEM Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Change
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Selway, Kate – Geographical Education, 2021
In the Australian school curriculum, geography is housed within the humanities and social sciences. This classification affects the content within the curriculum, the backgrounds of teachers and their professional development opportunities, and also the expectations and subject choices of students. As an earth scientist working in the Australian…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Geography, Earth Science, Foreign Countries
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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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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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Woolhouse, Julian – Geographical Education, 2016
This paper investigates the teaching of fieldwork skills over the course of a student's geography education from Years 7 to 10. Relevant research is considered, and findings and discussion are drawn from a case study of the fieldwork program at an independent school in Melbourne. The rationale for this study is that a geography teacher will be…
Descriptors: Geography, Case Studies, Grade 6, Grade 7
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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, 2014
"Sustainability" is one of the seven major concepts in the geography curriculum. It is also one of the three cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian curriculum, together with Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. This paper describes how the concept is explained…
Descriptors: Sustainability, Geography, Geography Instruction, National Curriculum
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Caldis, Susan – Geographical Education, 2014
The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) represents the views of Australian geography teachers on educational matters. AGTA also seeks to improve the capacity of geography teachers to respond to a changing teaching and learning landscape. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is an independent authority…
Descriptors: Role, Professional Associations, Geography, Teacher Attitudes
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Hutchinson, Nick – Geographical Education, 2013
The Australian Curriculum Cross-curriculum priorities and the Australian Curriculum: Geography both include the term "world views." The meaning of world views, the development of world views as part of the history of geographic thought, and the adoption world of views by teachers and students, affect the ways in which geography is taught…
Descriptors: World Views, Foreign Countries, Geography, History
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Lambert, David – Geographical Education, 2013
This paper is partly based on a lecture given at the AGTA conference in Perth in January 2013. It argues for a progressive subject based curriculum in which geography plays an essential part. This is based on an analysis of why and how subjects like geography, as part of the humanities, have been undermined and diminished in recent times. In a way…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Conferences (Gatherings), Curriculum Design
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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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Purnell, Ken – Geographical Education, 2013
The introduction of Geography as a compulsory learning area from Foundation year, such as Kindergarten, to Year 8 in Australia provides new opportunities for learning and teaching. Opportunities, in part, will be driven by challenges associated with the introduction of this learning area. Key challenges are about variability: in take-up of the…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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Graves, N. J. – Geographical Education, 1974
This paper describes the background of British geographical education. The nature of the crisis through which geography in schools is currently passing is ascribed to changes in academic geography, to developments in education theory, and to secondary school reorganization. It is argued that the crisis offers opportunities for the further…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Educational Change
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