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.
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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.