Presentation on theme: "Living Geography. The Geographical Association... furthering the learning and teaching of geography It does this through – Supporting teacher development."— Presentation transcript:
The Geographical Association... furthering the learning and teaching of geography It does this through – Supporting teacher development – Promoting curriculum development These are mutually dependent activities
The GA approach Belief in teacher autonomy. This has – Privileges (eg guardians of quality and selecting content) – Responsibilities (eg intellectual engagement) Curriculum making. This emphasises – Strong purpose relating to the outcomes of disciplined enquiry (eg thinking geographically) – Localised and responsive curricula that excite and build on young peoples curiosity and engagement with the world.
Student Experiences Geography: the subject Teacher Choices Underpinned by Key Concepts Thinking Geographically Learning Activity How does this take the learner beyond what they already know? Curriculum Making
Summary We value – geography as a subject discipline and intellectual resource. This emphasises engagement with ideas over the delivery of content knowledge – young peoples geographical experiences, interests and curiosity and their interaction with the world and capacity to learn – the art and craft of teaching and the development of pedagogic repertoire Our goal – to enable a more geo-capable citizenship
Living Geography Can we build this idea into the GAs activities more explicitly? - Geography Quality Mark criteria? - in responses to consultations (eg GCSE specifications)? - in project developments? - in position statements and website presence?
A Living Geography Community of Practice Participation Reification World Negotiated meaning experience documents membership curriculum making Examples/models mutuality instruments Adapted from Wenger 1998 Communities of Practice: learning, meaning and identity, CUP P = taking part R = the thingness
Living Geography Does this brand have legs? – Why brand? Whats wrong with what weve got? What does it mean? – To teachers, young people, parents, politicians/policy makers
GA and the GTE network TEWG – Campaigns – Conference TDA funding – Margaret Roberts – Data base, GTIP and GeogEd; New tutors
GA and the GTE network TEWG – Campaigns – Conference TDA funding – Margaret Roberts – Data base, GTIP and GeogEd; New tutors Recruitment and retention !
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