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  • Geography: what is it for? Geography helps us explore and understand

  • our world in a particular way. Geography is much more than just knowing where

  • people and places are located on a map. Take the Olympics for example: We might investigate

  • the location of participating countries and research their notable characteristics.

  • But unless we consider the stories of these people and places we won't gain a deep understanding

  • of what life is like in these countries and their place in the world.

  • We need to question: Why do some countries have just a few competitors? Why do some excel

  • at particular sports while others do not? Geography allows us to see the interconnections

  • between people and places and use that understanding to inform our decisions for the future.

  • So what is geography for? What drives geographers to be inquisitive about our world?

  • Is it a desire to locate the amazing places of the world or is it this and more?

  • As well as taking an interest in the world, thinking geographically develops an understanding

  • that people and places don't exist in isolation but are interconnected.

  • In geography these interconnections are explored and considered in spatial terms. Geography

  • uses a range of modern technological tools to identify and explore the spaces of the

  • world. Geographers are not only interested in where

  • places are and their interconnections but also exploring the meaning of a place to people

  • and its importance to their identity. When we look at the Australian Curriculum

  • for geography we see that there are two interwoven strands: Geographical knowledge & understandings

  • and Geographical inquiry and skills. Students view and analyse the world through

  • the lens of the 7 geographical concepts: place, space, interconnection, sustainability,environment, scale, and change

  • To develop geographical thinking both the

  • content strands and the concepts need to be considered.

  • So with this in mind let's think about a student in a South Australian school -- let's call

  • her Karra. How might Karra's teacher interweave the 2

  • strands of Geography so that Karra thinks geographically?

  • We want Karra to know where places are on a map, to explore the nature of places, to

  • understand why places are where they are, to analyse the impact places have on people

  • and people have on places. When Karra hears that the sand dunes adjacent

  • to her school have been identified by the transport department as a future park-and-ride

  • location, we want her teacher to engage Karra to think geographically and empower her to

  • influence the future of her world. As well as mapping the location we want Karra

  • to use this proposed change as an opportunity to develop her own response using her geographical

  • knowledge, skills and thinking. We want Karra to collect, represent and analyse

  • data through the eyes of a geographer to develop her views on all possible options and actions

  • for the future of these sand dunes. We want Karra to develop her capacity to be

  • an active and informed citizen in her community and beyond by thinking geographically.

  • By interweaving the key geographical concepts with the two strands we can see that geographical

  • thinking is so much more than places on a map.

Geography: what is it for? Geography helps us explore and understand

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Geography: What is it for?

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    CUChou posted on 2014/11/28
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