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1 Is Physical Geography essential (or just a bit useful)? A debate about the role of physical geography in the curriculum Chair: Duncan Hawley (Physical Geography Special Interest Group)

2 Is Physical Geography essential (or just a bit useful)? Your initial response? What physical geography do you currently teach? - list the topics /units taught Identify as stand-alone (A), integrated (I) or subsidiary (B) Prioritise the topics in order of what you consider most important or valuable Write at least one question relating to the value and/or of physical geography and how it should be taught. Write your top priority on the post-it note and stick on the wall

3 Is Physical Geography essential (or just a bit useful)? Having heard the presentations in the debate – review your initial response and question(s). Talk with the persons next to you to share and clarify your ideas and the issues related to the teaching of physical geography in school. Review and refine the question(s) and points that are important to raise about the value of physical geography and how it should be taught in school. Floor discussion – Q & A – have your say

4 Is Physical Geography essential (or just a bit useful)? Questions What knowledge/understanding of physical geography should every 16 and/or 18 year old leave school with? Is there a physical geography equivalent of Young Peoples Geographies? Is there a hierarchy of physical geography topics/case- studies and based on what criteria? Should physical geography always be taught through the filter of the applicability test? Is there a role for awe and wonder teaching of physical geography – and what is its justification (spiritual or intellectual curiosity or both)?

5 Is Physical Geography essential (or just a bit useful)? Questions Can human impacts on physical landscapes or issues affecting the environment be understood if there is no understanding of physical processes? Does physical geography in school pay enough too much attention to process and too little attention to the spatial perspective? What scientific knowledge/ideas are important for students to understand in order be able to learn physical geography effectively? Does learning physical geography make a person richer for the learning – and if so, how?

6 Is Physical Geography essential (or just a bit useful)? Revisit your original response Should you/will you review your priorities and emphasis on how you teach and incorporate physical geography? What knowledge of physical geography is essential? What sort of physical geography should be taught in school? How should physical geography be taught?

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