CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING GEOGRAPHY 17th – 18th September 2011 CLUJ-NAPOCA (ROMANIA) - the 7th EditionTutored geography workshopAn educational training system integrated with the territory. Giovanni Donadelli Lorena Rocca Geography department, University of Padova - ITALY
Some preliminary remarks • To result interesting, geography needs to be close to the children personal experience • To be taught, geography needs field works • To be learned, geography needs to be actively practiced by the students
How should we teach Geography to future teachers? • How can we let future teachers agree with our preliminary remarks (importance of personal experiences, field work, active learning)? • How can we offer to future teachers an opportunity to increase their professional competences as both geographers and teachers? • How can we stimulate and support active learning in our students? • How can we promote teaching and learning experiences based (centered) on “our” territory? • How can we let future teachers gain passion on geography? Is possible to realize an “educational system” integrated with the territory where academic research become didactical procedure and opportunity to increase professional competences?
Future teachers Geographical competencesMotivation TerritoryReal challenge Complexity Teaching strategies Personal values Active learning Group work Cooperative learning Field work Tutored geography workshop
Field work Tutored 1. Live (learn on) the territory geography 2. Experience territory complexity workshop 3. Meeting local and social Laboratorial stakeholders dimension 4. Promoting field activities and researches 5. Let the students puts their hands on 6. Investigate concrete problematic situations 7. Support problem solving
Laboratorial dimension Tutored 1. Provide shared space/time for geography the students workshop 2. Promote active behavior on Laboratorial learning dimension 3. Support cooperative learning 4. Favour shared decisions and collaboration with others 5. Encourage students participation 6. Monitor and tutor actions 7. Encourage to use specific geographical terminology
Points of view triangulation Tutored geography workshop 1. Multiple actors who provide: 1. Different competences Laboratorial 2. More points of view and ideas dimension 3. Many sources 4. Shared responsabilities and decisions 5. Robust, comprehensive and well- developed evaluation 2. Multiple strategies: 1. Different geographical approaches 2. Different methods 3. Different learning styles 4. Many cognitive or relational dynamics 5. Multiple theoretical perspectives to examine and interpret the data
Actors and rules Legend University Tutoring and supporting actors Primary school Active actors Territory Without specific rule
Challenges on school innovation: Active Citizenship Methodology Complexity of geography
Active Citizenship MethodologyChallenges on Complexity of geography complexity of geography Explore the relationship between Man and territory • Give names • Build things • Organize elements Analyse the multifunctional dimension of water on Po delta area • Multiple uses • Variety of actors Observe and analyse water-land balance on the Po delta area Learn and use a geographical terminology in order to create territory representations.
Active Citizenship MethodologyChallenges on Complexity of geography methodologies These activities remind me about my idea of active school where learning doesn’t happen because “it has to be done” but because it interest not just the students but also the teachers. I believe I experienced what Don Milani called “I care” philosophy. Giuseppe
Active Citizenship MethodologyChallenges on Complexity of geography active citizenship Fall in love with the future should be the next challenge for geographical education: Learn to see possible transformation, plan the future, be able to fit on the changes, fall in love with the beauty in order to desire to conserve and promote it.
Conclusions • Participation • Enthusiasm • Learning Personal • Playing Geographical • Plan • Territory • Decide • Complexity Professional • Responsabilities • Relationship • Imagination • Sustainability
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