Achieving Human Potential Through Geography Education: A Capabilities Approach to Curriculum Making in Schools

David Lambert, Michael Solem, Sirpa Tani

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    Abstract

    This article provides the theoretical underpinnings for an innovative international collaborative project in the field of geography education named GeoCapabilities. The project attempts to respond in new ways to enduring challenges facing geography teachers in schools. These include the need to find convincing expression of geography's contribution to the education of all young people and coping with the apparent divergence of geography in educational settings and its highly disparate expression as a research discipline in university departments. The project also hopes to contribute to the development of a framework for communicating the aims and purposes of geography in schools internationally, because here, too, there is great variety in definitions of national standards and even of disciplinary allegiances (including, e.g., the social studies, humanities, and biological sciences). GeoCapabilities does not seek to flatten such divergences, for one of geography's great strengths is its breadth. The long-term goal is to establish a secure platform for the international development of teachers' capacities as creative and disciplined innovators. The project encourages teachers to think beyond program delivery and implementation and to embrace their role as the curriculum makers.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
    Volume105
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)723-735
    Number of pages13
    ISSN0004-5608
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences

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