Academic journal article Geography

Geography through Enquiry: Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School

Academic journal article Geography

Geography through Enquiry: Approaches to Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School

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Geography Through Enquiry: Approaches to teaching and learning in the secondary school Margaret Roberts Sheffield: Geographical Association, 2013 208pp, 19x24.5cm Pb: £22.99 (GA members), £31.99 (non-members), ISBN 978-1-84377-337-5

This book makes an outstanding contribution to geographical education and should be essential reading for any teacher of the subject. Much of its content is relevant to the primary as well as to the secondary phase. It is most encouraging to read an educational publication which combines theory and practice so admirably. The author's use of the first person in describing her professional experiences with respect to enquiry-based approaches, for example with her PGCE students and her own children, is both highly informative and refreshing.

There are comprehensive chapters on the philosophy of enquiry work, the teacher's and learner's role in this context and on many other related dimensions. The book concludes with a number of very useful practical examples of enquiry in action: for example, a public meeting role play exercise, the use of questionnaires and world wide web enquiries. Additionally, there are two very helpful summary chapters on planning an enquiry-based unit of work and on activities and strategies referred to across the publication. …

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