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Geocapabilties: a course summary

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A summary of the key concepts involved in the GeoCapabilities teacher training course. It addresses capabilities and Geography, Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge, curriculum making and leadership

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Geocapabilties: a course summary

  1. 1. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities course summary
  2. 2. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org The aims of GeoCapabilities GeoCapabilities aims to improve the quality of education and training in Geography by providing support for dealing with complex issues in geography. GeoCapabilities encourages us to think and reflect on EDUCATIONAL GOALS and the value of geographical knowledge for attaining human potential and well-being
  3. 3. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org Four Foundations Capabilities Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge Curriculum Making Leadership
  4. 4. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org Capabilities Approach • acquiring and developing a range of human ‘functionings’ that contribute to autonomy and potential – in thought and action. • GeoCapabilities suggests that without the opportunity to acquire geographical knowledge and develop the capacity to think geographically our capability is deprived or diminished
  5. 5. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities questions what sort of geography: • develops knowledge that empowers individuals to identify, select and make informed, defensible choices about how to live (for the best) based on citizenship and sustainability?
  6. 6. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities questions what sort of geography: • promotes individual autonomy, the ability to think and reason? • contributes to understanding self- potential as a creative and productive citizen in the context of the global economy and culture?
  7. 7. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities helps you consider: “What are your educational goals for students?”
  8. 8. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org One idea that underpins GeoCapabilities is the need to understand and value geographical knowledge as ‘powerful knowledge’ - or powerful disciplinary knowledge (PDK) (Lambert, Solem and Tani, 2015). Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge Lambert, D., Solem, M. and Tani, S., 2015. Achieving human potential through geography education: a capabilities approach to curriculum making in schools. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 105(4), pp.723-735.
  9. 9. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org The absence of geographical knowledge in formal education deprives young people of some vital perspectives, ultimately undermining their capabilities as global citizens
  10. 10. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge • more than the acquisition of ‘facts’ • you develop the means to understand and interpret the world in ways that are distinctive (eg scientifically, artistically, historically and in the case of GeoCapabilities, geographically). • studies should support the development of students to think geographically
  11. 11. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org www.geocapabilities.org What is ‘Geo’ in Capabilities? • a deep, descriptive ‘world knowledge’ • a theoretically-informed relational understanding of people and places
  12. 12. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org www.geocapabilities.org What is ‘Geo’ in Capabilities? • a propensity and disposition to think about alternative social, economic and environmental futures • a framework for thinking about the value of geography
  13. 13. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org Curriculum Making • the significance of ‘curriculum’ • its conceptual distinctiveness compared to ‘pedagogy’ • teachers are tasked to produce interesting, engaging and challenging educational encounters for students • need well chosen ‘curriculum artefacts’
  14. 14. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org Curriculum Artefacts • a launchpad to a sequence of thought to facilitate geographical thinking (Lambert 2012) • a core artefact identifies an issue, stimulates curiosity • supplementary resources, bridge ‘a need to know’ and ‘making sense through description, explanation, analysis and interpretation’ Lambert, D. (2012) Thinking Geographically. Geography Association, Sheffield.
  15. 15. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.org What sort of curriculum? Young M and Lambert D (2014) Knowledge and the Future School, Bloomsbury Future 1: knowledge that is ‘given’, static, canonical Future 2: knowledge that is arbitrary, relative, personalised; gives way to generic skills and competences “Knowledge … that allows those with access to it to question it and the authority on which it is based and gain the sense of freedom and excitement that it can offer” Future 3 Curriculum = powerful pedagogies
  16. 16. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities Course
  17. 17. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org GeoCapabilities Course Aims • Enable critical reflection on the teaching of geography at the level of goals and purposes. • Develop ideas of disciplinary rigour and link this effectively with enquiry pedagogies • Empower in teachers the significance of their role in ‘enacting’ curriculum • Inspire teachers to take responsibility for ‘curriculum making’, learn from each other • Provide examples of curriculum leadership
  18. 18. Project partners Twycross School http://www.geocapabilities.orghttp://www.geocapabilities.org Visions of Geography GeoCapabilities implies 1. we have a vision of our subject and 2. the pathway to achieve this vision can be articulated and presented

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