Geographical inquiry in Australian schools : a retrospective analysis

Kidman, Gillian (2012) Geographical inquiry in Australian schools : a retrospective analysis. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 21(4), pp. 311-319.

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This paper explores the occurrence of geographical inquiry in the Australian curriculum since Geography became a high school subject in 1911. In this historical overview, I reflect upon my own experiences of undertaking geographical inquiry during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Primary school geographical inquiry experiences can be virtually non-existent despite being advocated in syllabus documents. High school geographical inquiry experiences do exist in some classrooms, but that geographic drive is also necessary to complete a meaningful inquiry experience. Although geographical inquiry is heavily advocated in Australia’s new Australian Curriculum: Geography, more work is needed in this area relating to teacher professional learning.

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ID Code: 56063
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Geographical inquiry, teacher professional learning, environmental education, curriculum
DOI: 10.1080/10382046.2012.725967
ISSN: 1038-2046
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Routledge
Deposited On: 03 Jan 2013 04:18
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 13:17

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