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ERIC Number: EJ916022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1933-8341
Taking Stock in Geography Education around the World: An International Perspective on the Teaching of Geography
DaSilva, Edmar Bernardes; Kvasnak, Robb Neil
Geography Teacher, v8 n1 p16-23 2011
The identity of geography as a discipline since the nineteenth-century naissance of contemporary academia, if not before, has been often disputed. In higher education, geography is often part of the geosciences, often located in a geography, geology, earth science, and environmental science department or departments. In the world of education there is often confusion regarding not only what geography is, but also what social studies are and how the two are related. In most parts of the United States and Canada, geography is not a visible entity in the curriculum in primary, nor middle school, and is only represented by a handful of optional courses at the senior high school level. In other countries, like the United Kingdom, geography is much more important in the educational system and is taught as a separate subject. This article examines geography education in various national school systems in order to see how geography is taught around the world in order to give the reader some insight into approaches that may improve geography teaching in the reader's home country.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Australia; Canada; Iran; Nigeria; Switzerland; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States