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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF TEACHING GEOGRAPHY IN SCHOOL?

Simon Catling

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Informed citizenship requires a geographical education. A knowledge of the world, locally, nationally and globally, a critical awareness of the information and issues concerning places and the environment, and the skills to examine the facts and values involved are essential to every individual to enable them to play an active role in their communities, where they live, through work and in leisure (Johnstone, 1996). The Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union (IGU/CGE, 1992) has argued for and encouraged research, publication and the dissemination of effective practices to support the development of geographical curriculum ...

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