Teaching Geography in Secondary Schools: A Reader

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The Geo Visions project
Roger Carter, Roger Robinson, Scott Sinclair and project members
This era of massive change means that the world and the conditions in it provide new horizons, structures and processes almost every day. It is vital, therefore, that education is constantly re-appraised to provide what is needed by young people to equip them as far as possible for the future. This need is brought home when you consider that in the year 2020 today's Year 2 pupils will be 30 years old. There is a need to step back and make time for a fresh look at the future and its needs and possibilities, and to consider them in the context of justice and equality. The potential role of geography in young people's education, and especially its relationship with environmental sustainability, development education and global citizenship, is part of these debates. The Geo Visions Project is an initiative that brings together educators and people outside formal education to:
reflect and raise debate about the future needs of 5- to 19-year-olds, and
consider how school Geography can contribute to the development of capabilities in young people and in the education system to satisfy these needs.

It is about the future beyond the year 2000, rather than modifications of the current curriculum in the immediate future. The Geo Visions Project builds on work undertaken over the last twenty years by the Development Education Centre (Birmingham) in partnership with geography teachers, which contributes locally and nationally to curriculum developments for 5- to 19-year-olds.

The focus for debate

Geo Visions starts from the question 'What kind of geographical education is needed for the twenty-first century?'. Within the aims listed overleaf Geo Visions raises debates about:


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