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Understanding and Teaching Primary Geography

Understanding and Teaching Primary Geography

Second Edition

August 2018 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book outlines how good teaching of primary geography can extend children's world awareness and help them make connections between their environmental and geographical experiences. Chapters offer guidance on important learning and teaching issues as well as the use and creation of resources from the school environment to the global context. It covers all the key topics in primary geography including: understanding places physical and human geography environmental sustainability learning outside the classroom global issues citizenship and social justice. Summaries, classroom examples and practical and reflective tasks are included throughout to foster understanding and support the effective teaching of primary geography.

PART 1: Understanding primary geography
Geography in primary schools
Valuing geography; the importance and nature of geography
Children’s geographies: experience, awareness and understanding
Exploring places; key ideas in understanding places
Understanding the environment: aspects of physical, human and environmental geography
Exploring sustainability: environmental impact, sustainability and sustainable schools
Geography and social justice: citizenship, equity and controversial issues
Understanding geographical enquiry
Experiencing and visualising geography: fieldwork, photographs, artefacts and maps
PART 2: Exploring geography teaching and curriculum
In the beginning: geographical learning in the early years
Investigating the school and its grounds
Exploring locally, regionally and nationally
Exploring global dimensions and places elsewhere in the world
Planning primary geography teaching
Assessing geographical learning
Developing learning in primary geography education

This is a sizeable tome that will make an excellent staffroom resource so all teachers can follow the guidance set out by the book. Sadly, geography is a subject that can be sidelined but it is important for children as geography shapes the world around us and is an essential part of everyday life - it's also an absorbing subject which children enjoy for its relevance to themselves. This book emphasises and facilitates good teaching of primary geography to extend children's world awareness and help them make connections between their own environmental and geographical experiences; the case studies are especially helpful for this.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

Good resource in relation to progression within the subject. Good coverage within the chapters on a range of topics.

February 5, 2020

This book is very informative, content is directly applicable to the classroom. It may help develop teacher skills and confidence in teaching the trickier aspects of geography, such as issues surrounding sustainability because it is clearly and enthusiastically written and so thoroughly understandable. Trainee and qualified teachers will benefit from reading it and their pupils will also benefit as teachers transfer their increased knowledge and understanding to the classroom.

Mrs Kim Lawler
Department Education, Bradford College
November 10, 2019

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Geography in primary schools

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