The importance of good quality research is that it can identify effective approaches that improve practice. The study of maps and globes also increases critical and abstract thinking skills that will help students as they progress in school. What could be more important than that? For example, students can calculate how far the library is from their school or house. By studying old and new maps, students can see these transformations. The omission has faced fierce criticism from teaching unions who say testing is an issue that urgently needs to be addressed.
About the Author Karen Hollowell has been teaching since 1994. Importance of Geography: Geography studies the earth in relation to mankind. These attitudes often develop, however, without accurate knowledge of the locations and characteristics of places and the people who live in them. Why research primary geography rather than other subjects? When a student of geography learns about the mountains, rivers, forests etc. At then end of the topic, complete the journal with a reflective account of what you think happened and how it felt for you, but do not look back when doing this; write it how you see it.
Thus, Geography influences the economic, social and cultural life of a nation. Knowledge of geography also helps to properly understand the subject matter of sociology. There is a great need to increase the quantity and quality of geographic education in elementary schools to overcome ignorance of geography. The importance of geography can be understood more clearly by considering the effect of geography teaching on man as a human being, as an administrator, as a politician etc. To access your eBook s and files, log in to at the Optimus Education website and go to the 'My Books' tab. However, just over half the schools surveyed failed to take advantage of fieldwork.
Maintain your journal every time you plan, teach assess, discuss in the staff room or at home - whatever, wherever - your geography topic. In essence, curriculum is about what children will study; teaching is about how children are taught; and learning is about what it is that children gain and can use from their experience. Also, Geographic Awareness Week was instituted by an act of Congress in 1987 to draw attention to the need to improve geographic literacy in the United States. It is about developing in children their greater awareness and understanding of places, of environments, and of the world about them. Such a knowledge can be of much help to would be industrialists of a country and a student of geography interested in setting up an industry after the completion of his education can make a better selection for the location of his industrial unit keeping in mind the natural resources needed.
Helps to Develop Critical Thinking Abilities: Social Studies inculcate higher order thinking abilities and skills like — Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Evaluation and Synthesis, Creativity in students. It is by no means complete. For the geography community and for children it is important. Drawing on but extending interests identified by primary geography teachers Catling, 1999b , the following list offers a starting point. Geography helps one understand the physical and cultural characteristics of the world. The conclusion is that primary geography classroom research improves the quality of planning, teaching and learning by providing insight into ways of children's geographical understanding and learning.
Children begin by recording their observations from walks and fieldtrips in essays, pictures, or simple maps. In analysing the children's ideas, consider the extent to which the posters, definitions or interviews provide a reasonable account of the nature of the subject. Good quality research can identify effective approaches that improve practice laying the foundation for an evidence-based approach to primary geography teaching. Field Notes Descriptive, contemporaneous account of what happened or was observed, outlining events, even what was said. Use the outcome of your analysis to consider what might need to be addressed for some or all of the children either later that year or in the next year.
The next generation will soon be keen to discover more about our fascinating planet! Rather than simply describe what influenced what, attempt to dig out explanations for your decisions. Thus we find that knowledge of geography is important in understanding and acquiring the knowledge of various social sciences. This indicates that further research is needed, not least to outline in some depth what it is that schools do where they achieve well in their geography teaching and children's learning. There is much advice to be drawn on e. See if common threads begin to appear, such as, the impact of access to resources, how you responded to the children's questions, interruptions to afternoon teaching, your moods - whatever they may be. If you are interested give it a try. Students first have to gain information and comprehend ideas such as discrimination, resource allocation and political priorities.
First graders are aware of a wide variety of physical geographic concepts through travel and the media, but these children still tend to have many misconceptions and errors concerning the criterial attributes of geographic concepts. The class should be divided into three 'equal' ability groups. In fact, Geography today is a combination of art and science. Match their ideas with the documentary information about the curriculum they have covered to date. In analysing the documents the children produce, compare for each activity across the children and for each child between their products.
Geography is a science and an art. There is plenty of research underway about the core subjects. Students can also see how Europe has changed several times during the last century as areas gained independence or became part of another country. From your findings, identified what can be tackled by you to improve your planning, whether for yourself e. Begin the journal by setting out how you hope to go about planning and developing the work you want to do with the children.
Buggey, JoAnne, and James Kracht. Whether you are an experienced geography teacher or a teacher insecure in your geography knowledge, Teaching Geography in Primary Schools is for you. Hollowell earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Arts in elementary education from Alcorn State University. How can we make any of the personal decisions that already confront us every day about energy, food and water security without geographical knowledge? But it is the curriculum that teachers need to engage with. A major part of geography concerns the technical aspects of map construction. It may be that a national approach needs to be co-ordinated, if not directed, by an organisation such as the Geographical Association or through a primary geography research centre in higher education.