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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.
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Geography: What is it for?

2537 Folder Collection
CUChou published on November 28, 2014
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