Presentation on theme: "Westminster Institute of Education CHILDREN, PLACE AND ENVIRONMENT Professor Simon Catling."— Presentation transcript:
Westminster Institute of Education CHILDREN, PLACE AND ENVIRONMENT Professor Simon Catling
Westminster Institute of Education Six Sections Children bring their experience of the world into school from the day they arrive Childrens experience of places appears to be changing Children have perspectives on their experience in their school grounds Children live in the wider world and it impacts on their lives The context of primary geography Moving forward: Five questions
Westminster Institute of Education The youngest children coming into school Their awareness of the features and layout of aspects of the local environment Their awareness of the wider environment Their awareness of environmental matters Their representations of places Their imagining of being in places and events
Westminster Institute of Education Childrens changing direct experience of places Learning about places Childrens local knowledge Sites of personal and social attachment Place use and avoidance Childrens safety in the environment Declining accessible spaces Changing modes of travel Teachers knowledge about the local area
Westminster Institute of Education Children in school playgrounds Childrens views on their school playgrounds Playgrounds children desire Childrens perspectives on teachers values Creating better school playgrounds Childrens active involvement Childrens interest in their own playground needs
Westminster Institute of Education Children in the wider world Children live in particular places, and places differ Children are a market The reality of childrens lives across the world is not always comfortable Increasingly, children travel abroad The world beyond home affects childrens lives
Westminster Institute of Education The context for primary geography Primary geography in trouble Views of geography are at odds with perspectives on childrens learning Primary geographys needs Good primary geography exists and should be emulated
Westminster Institute of Education Moving forward: Five questions Does the whole childs experience and education - and thus geographical education - matter? What is the confidence issue about geography for primary teachers? Has serious thought been given to the school as a place and environment for children? Can we really avoid helping children to understand the nature and impact of the world about us? Should we rethink the basis for our primary geography curriculum?
Westminster Institute of Education 10 suggested threads for a primary geography curriculum Me in the world Neighbourhood and community Connecting with the wider world Other people, places and me Seeing and representing the world Encountering big issues Seeing change and its effects Caring for the world Heading for the future The world today - near and far
Westminster Institute of Education In conclusion Children bring place and environmental experience into school Think more of school as a place and environment We need to engage with children about the benefits and issues in the world, locally and globally Our responsibilities in primary schools is to teach geography well and have high expectations It is done; we can all do it
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