The Essence of Geographical Education: An essential issue to address

Lidstone, John (1997) The Essence of Geographical Education: An essential issue to address. In Haubrich, Hartwig (Ed.) Geography and Education. Lehrstuhl fur Didaktik der Geographie der Universitat Munchen, Munchen, pp. 169-187.


For some decades, geography educators have been anxious to emphasise the contributions of their subject to addressing the issues currently regarded as threatening the world. The purpose of this chapter is to raise the possibility that in so doing, we have lost contact with the essence of geography inadvertently contributed to the lowered sense of self efficacy apparent in young people in many parts of the world. The results seems to have led to a perception that much of what geography has to offer the wider realm of education may be achieved by other subject headings such as social studies or environmental education. The chapter draws attention to Johnson’s comments of the essence of geography as a discipline and suggests that students’ interests, the future of geographical education and the promotion of active and informed citizenship may be best served by geography educators both reclaiming and proclaiming the subject’s heartland.

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ID Code: 16797
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: geographical education, Disciplines, geographical curriculum, school curriculum, multidisciplinary education, social science education, school subjects, environmental education, John Lidstone
ISBN: 3980515613
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Lehrstuhl fur Didaktik der Geographie der Universitat Munchen
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2008 01:43
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:38

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