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GeoCapabilities: Geography as Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge (PDK)

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This presentation introduces Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge (PDK) as one of the main ideas behind the GeoCsapabilities approach to teacher education and training.

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GeoCapabilities: Geography as Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge (PDK)

  1. 1. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Web site reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities Geography as PDK (Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge)
  2. 2. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Web site reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org Deep descriptive ‘world knowledge’ that includes: • countries, capitals, etc. - providing place and locational context • substantive concepts extending understanding of (for example) rivers and mountains; also global wind patterns, distribution of populations and energy sources, and the characteristics of world biomes, cultures, and religions.
  3. 3. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Web site reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org Relational thinking that includes: • theories and concepts such as place and space, the local and the global, the human and the physical environment, and • notions of interdependence and spatial interaction. Being derived from the discipline, concepts like place, space and environment are complex, evolving and often contested.
  4. 4. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Web site reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org Applied thinking that includes: • using geographical facts, principles and concepts for analysis, problem solving, prediction and modeling of alternative social, economic and environmental futures in particular place contexts. • This draws on a range of generic skills developed through appropriate pedagogic approaches such as decision making exercises, as well as intellectual skills such as evaluation, speculation, imagination, and argument.

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