Thursday, 14 May 2015

GeoCapabilities

Geocapabilities is one of the (quite a few) projects I'm currently involved in. It has been blogged about here several times before.
You can now download a very useful article / paper from the Taylor and Francis site which has been written by David Lambert, Michael Solem and Sirpa Tani, who I am working with on the project along with many other talented folks.



This article provides the theoretical underpinnings for an innovative international collaborative project in the field of geography education named GeoCapabilities. The project attempts to respond in new ways to enduring challenges facing geography teachers in schools. These include the need to find convincing expression of geography's contribution to the education of all young people and coping with the apparent divergence of geography in educational settings and its highly disparate expression as a research discipline in university departments. The project also hopes to contribute to the development of a framework for communicating the aims and purposes of geography in schools internationally, because here, too, there is great variety in definitions of national standards and even of disciplinary allegiances (including, e.g., the social studies, humanities, and biological sciences). GeoCapabilities does not seek to flatten such divergences, for one of geography's great strengths is its breadth. The long-term goal is to establish a secure platform for the international development of teachers’ capacities as creative and disciplined innovators. The project encourages teachers to think beyond program delivery and implementation and to embrace their role as the curriculum makers.


Coincidentally, David Lambert is picking up the Taylor and Francis award from the RGS-IBG the day after we return from Helsinki (or in my case, the same day as I'm hanging around for the following day...)

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