Mapping geographical knowledge and skills needed for pre-service teachers in teacher education

Bourke, Theresa & Lidstone, John (2015) Mapping geographical knowledge and skills needed for pre-service teachers in teacher education. SAGE Open, 5(1).

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In Australia, for more than two decades, a ‘social science’ integrated framework was the favoured approach for delivering subjects such as history and geography. However, such interdisciplinary approaches have continued to attract criticism from various parts of the academic and public spheres and since 2009, a return to teaching the disciplines has been heralded as the ‘new’ way forward. Using discourse analysis techniques associated with Foucauldian archaeology, the purpose of this paper is to examine the Australian Curriculum: Geography document to ascertain the discourses necessary for pre-service teachers to enact effective teaching of geography in a primary setting. Then, based on pre-service teachers’ online survey responses, the paper investigates if such future teachers have the knowledge and skills to interpret, deliver and enact the new geography curriculum in primary classrooms. Finally, as teacher educators, our interest lies in preparing pre-service teachers effectively for the classroom so the findings are used to inform the content of a teacher education course for pre-service primary teachers.

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ID Code: 81644
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: curriculum, educational policy, Foucauldian archaeology, geography, history, social sciences, teacher education
DOI: 10.1177/2158244015577668
ISSN: 2158-2440
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Sage Publications, Inc.
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Deposited On: 06 Feb 2015 00:59
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 14:30

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