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Compelling Learning in geography Mark Jones, UWE PGCE Geography Tutor. Wiltshire and Swindon Annual Secondary Geography conference 22 June 2010
Outline of session Geography: its journey since the National Curriculum Geography: the view from the classroom: What makes an outstanding geography lesson. (activity one) Geographical perspectives: some considerations Geography – compelling learning - what does the ultimate geography lesson look like? (activity two) Feedback from groups and ways forward
The Pedagogy Journey Training materials for the foundation subjects (DfES, 2002) AfL (DfES , 2004) Leading in Learning (DfES, 2005)
The CPD/PPD Journey Personal, Local, County, Regional, National Action Plan for geography APG Phase 1 (2006-2008) Action Plan for geography APG Phase 2 (2008 -2011)
“ In Britain, teachers are for the most part too scattered and too busy to come together frequently for discussion. They require a medium through which they may readily communicate with one another, exchange experiences and learn the progress that is being made in method or in appliances in our own country and abroad.” (Vol 1., No. 1, p. 1 of “The Geographical Teacher”) James Herbertson, GA President Source: GTE 2010 Alan Parkinson
The CPD/PPD Journey http://www.geography.org.uk/
The CPD/PPD Journey Personal, Local, County, Regional, National
Activity one Geography: What makes an outstanding geography lesson ? http://www.teachers.tv/videos/andy-roberts
Reference list Davidson, G (2009) Think Piece Geographical Enquiry [online] Available from: http://www.geography.org.uk/gtip/thinkpieces/geographicalenquiry [Accessed 12 June 2010] Jackson, P. (2006) Thinking geographically presentation at the GA Conference, 2006 Jackson P. (2006) Thinking Geographically, Geography 91 (3), 199-204 Lambert, D. (2004) ‘The power of geography’, Available at: http://www.geography.org.uk/download/NPOGPower.doc Lambert, D. and Morgan, J. (2010) Teaching geography 11-18: A Conceptual Approach. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Shulman, L. S. (1986) Those Who Understand: Knowledge Growth in Teaching. Educational Researcher 15. 4 – 14 Taylor,L. and Catling, S. (2006) Geographical significance a useful concept Teaching Geography 33 (3) 122-123
PCK Pedagogical Content Knowledge “ ..the most regularly taught topics in one’s subject areas, the most useful forms of representation of those ideas, the most powerful analogies, illustrations, examples, explanations and demonstrations – in a word, the ways of representing and formulating that subject to make it comprehensible to others” (Shulman,1986, p.9).
Thinking geographically Geography’s vocabulary (an endless list of places…) and its grammar or syntax (concepts and theories that help us make sense of all those places…) (Lambert 2004) Thinking geographically as a uniquely powerful way of seeing the world No ‘right answers’ to difficult ethical questions But a language (set of concepts and ideas) that help us see connections and inter-connections that other may miss. (Jackson , 2006 )
Geographical Significance Geographical significance a useful concept (Taylor and Catling, 2006) Why have you chosen the topic? Why is it geographically important? How would you justify it? How will you communicate its importance to the pupils? Are you teaching topical issues with obvious relevance? Are you developing understanding of real places? (Davidson, 2009)
Student Experiences Geography: the subject Teaching/ Pedagogy Underpinned by Key Concepts Thinking Geographically Learning activity How does this take the learner beyond what they already know ? Curriculum Making (Lambert and Morgan, 2010, p.50)
Geography: What makes an outstanding geography lesson ?