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  2014 IGU Regional Conference, Krakow Poland - Commission for Geography Education
 

Please find below the 4 sessions proposed for the Commission for Geography Education. When registration opens, we invite colleagues to submit abstracts for these sessions via the main conference website: www.igu2014.org.
Select title to view Submission Form (pdf).

Session 1 : Changes, Challenges and Responsibility in the School Geography Curriculum
Many countries around the world have established a state-wide curriculum statement for school geography. Questions can be raised around what should be included in such a state-endorsed definition of school geography and what should be left out? What geography should young people be learning? And whose responsibility is it to decide? State endorsement can lead to status and prestige for a school subject; however, many teachers are unhappy with the geography curriculum they have been given. Papers are invited to explore the contents of the school geography curriculum, along with issue of how that curriculum is read, interpreted and enacted by geography teachers.

Session 2 : Changing practices in geography education: meeting the challenges of the future
The Rome Declaration on Geographical Education in Europe states: “Geographical education provides students with essential capabilities and competences needed to know and understand the world”. The challenge for geography educators is how to teach geography effectively in this day and age. Research in this area may look at geographical enquiry, innovative pedagogical approaches to teaching geography, or curriculum questions about the role of geography education in the teaching of sustainable development or geospatial technologies. Papers are invited to consider the future implications of these approaches and how they can develop the field of geography education to meet the demands of the future.

Session 3 : Research findings and challenges in Geography Education
The publication of the Road Map report on Geography Education Research (in the USA) raised many issues around the role and function of geography education research. The papers in this series provide an opportunity to discuss the key topics in geography education research: what has been learnt from research in this field, and what further research needs to be conducted? A key theme in this series of papers will be who undertakes research in the field, and whether there is space in such a small field for practitioner and large-scale research, and how different research approaches may complement each other.

Session 4 : IGU, EUGEO and EUROGEO, a challenging network of Geographers in Education
The Rome Declaration on Geographical Education in Europe agreed at the IV EUGEO Congress 2013, states that “the teaching of Geography in schools is fundamental for the future of Europe.” Papers in this session are invited to explore how the three organizations: IGU, EUGEO and EUROGEO, may work together to create a network of geographers in education to realize this goal. 


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  2014 IGU Regional Conference Kraków, Poland, 18 - 22 August, 2014
 

The main theme of the conference is Changes, Challenges, Responsibility. Modern geography faces significant challenges focusing on the recognition of and response to contemporary changes in the environment, society and economy. All this calls for our responsibility. The conference aims to create a forum at which these issues can be addressed. It is open to all geographers across the spectrum who specialize in all fields of the discipline. The conference is going to be an event contributing to efforts undertaken, for example, by ICSU/ISSC Future Earth, and aimed at defining pathways towards sustainability and responding effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change.

Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is the seat of the second oldest university in Central Europe, established in 1364. The Jagiellonian University is the seat of the first ever Chair of Geography in Poland, established in 1849.

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The Main Square in Kraków
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2013 IGU
Commission on
Geographical Education