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Understanding and Teaching Primary Geography
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Understanding and Teaching Primary Geography

Second Edition


July 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.
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Appendices

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
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Chapter 1: Geography in primary schools


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