Developments and Directions in Geographical Education by Rodney Gerber, John Lidstone

By Rodney Gerber, John Lidstone

Geography is on the crossroads and an enormous objective of this paintings is to take a few solace long ago, yet frequently to indicate instructions that might make sure the way forward for geography in schooling.

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Finally, in 1967 a symposium on the conceptual bases of senior school geography courses was held during the ANZAAS Congress in Melbourne and the papers were published in Geography in the Senior Forms (Biddle and Collins, 1967).

However, it may also be construed as varying the school curricula depending which political persuasion holds power in a country. There is no doubt that education serves a major social purpose and that it should respond to changes in society. However, restructuring and policy changes tend to be so correlated with changes in government that it seems more than a coincidence when these changes occur. Such changes affect most areas of the school curriculum in different countries. The well-known case of the evolution of the geography curriculum in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and the 1990s has been documented extensively.

It is widely accepted that geographical education is an important ingredient in an effective program of lifelong learning. Why then are we able to report that a considerable number of geographical educators at international conferences indicate that the place of geographical education in the school curriculum is under threat or is in fact diminishing? In the mid-1990s, we should be able to rejoice along with Bill Gates of Microsoft fame (1995: 276): I think this is a wonderful time to be alive.

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