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Teaching Geography 11-18: A Conceptual Approach


"This is a must read for all 11-18 geography educators. It argues for a new geography curriculum founded on a set of major concepts that are profoundly relevant to 21st century life. For years, books on 11-18 geography education have focussed on classroom techniques, new pedagogic technologies and alternative modes of student assessment. Not this one. 'Teaching Geography 11-18' digs deep. It asks not only what geography is for, but bases its answer on a set of key concepts able to sustain an exciting and relevant curriculum. It also grounds its many arguments in the latest geographical research, thus re-establishing the broken connection between geography teaching in schools and that in higher education".

Professor Noel Castree, University of Manchester, UK

This engaging and stimulating book aims to radically re-shape and sharpen debates in geography education by taking an entirely fresh approach to both the subject and its place in secondary education. Key questions addressed in this book include:

  • What is the place of geography within the secondary school curriculum?
  • To what extent does school geography reflect and engage with contemporary issues and theories from the wider subject?
  • What are the issues, challenges and opportunities of a concept-led approach to teaching geography?
  • What are the implications of ICT, media and technology for the future of geography teaching in schools?

Influenced by the revised national curriculum for geography which has reduced the prescribed content to be covered, this book offers an objective view of the concept-led approach.

The new focus on concepts represents a significant shift in how geography is to be taught in schools, yet there has been little extended discussion of what a 'concept-led' approach to teaching and learning would entail. This book fills that void by examining geography's key concepts, and providing teachers with a theoretically robust and practical approach to curriculum planning using a concept-led approach.

This is essential reading for all secondary geography teachers, trainee teachers and anyone involved with education and curriculum planning.


Table of Contents




Part 1 Concepts, contexts and histories

1 A modern school geography



A world to win: geography education 1945–64

1964–80 geography as a modern subject

The geography of the 1980s

Geography teaching in ‘new times’: 1989–2009


2 The place of geography in schools today

Shift happens

The rise of the digital economy

Education and the knowledge economy

Current policies agendas

Clearing up after the economy

Widening the debate

Deconstructing the knowledge economy

Deconstructing the community


3 What does it mean to be a teacher of geography?


Schoolteachers as engaged professionals

The importance of the big picture

And back to geography

Geography as a curriculum resource



4 A ‘capability’ perspective on geography in schools


Aims and purposes, knowledge and understanding


In conclusion: towards geo-capability?

Part 2 Reconstructing concepts

5 Space


The science of space

The limits of spatial science

1989: the reassertion of space in geographical education?

Post-structural spaces

Case study: rural spaces


6 Place


Fear of a placeless planet

Whose place?

Do places matter?


7 Scale


The idea of scale in geography

Extending the idea of scale

What we learn from the politics of scale

The question of ‘universal scale’ and ‘virtual worlds’


8 Interdependence and development


Interdependence and the ‘global dimension’

Global citizenship

Development and developmentalism


9 Cultural understanding and diversity: promoting community cohesion?


Cultural understanding and diversity in the National Curriculum

Towards community cohesion

From no problem here to we're all white, thanks

Geographies of difference

Who dies of what, where and why?


10 Environment, sustainability and futures

Introduction: ethical and political perspectives

Sustainable development: a short reprise

Environment, environmentalism and the culture of argument



Part 3 Curriculum challenges

11 Geography, media and education

A world in crisis?

The importance of television

Teaching the media

Children making meaning

The rise of ‘new media’


12 A mind for the future

Back to the front

Facing the future

Making geography work for the future

What kind of geographer are you?


A different view



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