Recent Changes to the School Geography Curriculum: Policy, Processes and Subject Knowledge’

At the RGS-IBG Annual International Conference held at Exeter University in September 2015, members of GEReCo made a major contribution to a session on ‘The Impacts of Recent Changes to the School Geography Curriculum: Policy, Processes and Subject Knowledge’.

Convened by Eleanor Rawling, this session was sponsored by the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) of the RGS-IBG, and chaired by Jennifer Hill of HERG. It comprised of presentations on ‘School Geography: Policy, Processes and Curriculum Change’ (Eleanor Rawling); ‘What’s Going On?: Teachers’ Responses to Curriculum Change’ (Mary Biddulph); ‘Reconsidering Geography at the Schools-HE boundary – the ALCAB experience’ (Martin Evans) and ‘What Impact will changes in Teacher Education have on the Geography Curriculum in schools?’ (Graham Butt). It was well attended, despite competing in the programme with several other academic and research inputs.
GEReCo is extremely grateful to Martin, an academic geographer based at the University of Manchester and ex-Chair of the ALCAB Geography Panel, for his contribution to the session (and as a non GEReCo member!). Each presentation was followed by lively discussion focussed on the place of geography subject knowledge in schools, teacher education and higher education.

A particular theme emerging from the session was the need for professional engagement and debate about the future of the subject in schools, with particular reference to further contributions from academia. The opportunities for inputs into political debates about geography in schools, and indeed about curriculum development in geography at all levels, was also aired.

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