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Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Nick Hopwood Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton 27-29 January 2006 Definition Pupils conceptions of.

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1 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Nick Hopwood Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006 Definition Pupils conceptions of geography are those ideas, beliefs, and opinions that are brought to bear when they experience, talk about, and think about school geography. They may be descriptive or evaluative in nature. They need not be geographical or specific to geography.

2 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Methodology School A: Bart & Lisa School B: Matt & Sara School C: Jenie & Ryan Three 14-week fieldwork phases Observation Interaction Interview Documents Concept mapping Geographical questions Supplied photo elicitation Self-directed photography Four non classroom-based techniques Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006

3 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Bart Descriptive Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006 Evaluative Geography is about a variety of different things Everything in geography relates to land Geographers ask questions: Where? Why? What opinions? Not about the future Learning and knowledge are important I appreciate activities and experiences that help me learn Learning why things happen is interesting There is no point learning about the future

4 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Lisa Descriptive Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006 Evaluative Geography is about people- environment relationships Geographers study different opinions Geography is about what might happen Geography is green and environmentally friendly I like studying how people affect the environment and I think environmental issues are important Geography is important because it helps people - with knowledge (holiday destinations), skills (map reading), and planning (futures)

5 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Population board game The task: Pupils had studied fertility and were asked to create a board game that explained either the UKs ageing population structure or Tanzanias wide-based population pyramid Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006 I liked doing the game because it made learning fun My game explains why there are so few children in the UK Learning fertility rates isnt that good because they change. My game is about Tanzania and its all about how people affect the environment: more babies means more buildings which means more trees are cut down and more cities built Im interested in these things BartLisa

6 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Migration timeline (1) The task: Pupils had studied push and pull factors which cause migration. They were shown an example of a migration timeline on a sheet, and were asked to construct their own version. It could be fictional or based on a real life migration Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006 Bart and Lisa interpreted this task in strikingly different ways The meaning of these experiences to Bart and Lisa only became apparent through interviews with them afterwards

7 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Migration timeline (1) Bart: I did this one because it would be more helpful if it had actually been a real event, if it had actually happened… We were doing the holocaust in history so I put that in there, it was facts from history that explained why they moved. Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January 2006 Born into a Jewish family Hitler came to power Hitler did not like the Jews After years of racist comments, decided to move Moved to Britain for freedom The Brits were not anti-Jewish so they stayed Got a good job and healthcare $

8 Year 9 Pupils Conceptions of Geography Migration timeline (1) Lisa: This is showing what could happen to someone from another country, if they were poorer what can actually happen… its relevant to geography because it can show you what might happen and how it might work out. Geography Teacher Educators Conference, Brighton January Stephs ancestors moved* Stephs mum gets a cleaning job and her dad gets a good job at an airport Steph was born They move to a three bed house in Middlesex Stephs twin brothers were born *From the Dominican Republic to the UK. Her family had quite a bit of money (well they were richer than most people and they wanted better jobs)


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