Academic journal article Geography

Effective Innovation in the Secondary Geography Curriculum

Academic journal article Geography

Effective Innovation in the Secondary Geography Curriculum

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Effective Innovation in the Secondary Geography Curriculum Charles Rawding London: Routledge, 2013 192pp, 17.5 x 24.5cm Pb: £24.99, ISBN 978-0-415-51906-9

There are three parts to this book. The first considers the historical development of academic and school geographies and the extent to which they have become increasingly disparate. In the second part Rawding argues that any curriculum must be soundly based on curriculum theory. It is important that there is a clear view of what students need from a new geography curriculum rather than what they want. Suggestions are made on how to analyse the strengths and weaknesses of an existing curriculum. The final part suggests some ways in which developments in academic geography can be incorporated into any new curriculum.

At a time when the author argues that the political masters are more concerned with matters such as free schools, academies and changes to external examinations, the time is opportune for teachers to become pro-active in curriculum reform where the needs of students who will live through the 21st Century are predominant. …

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