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Geography Education Curriculum

  • By: Sandra J. Schmidt
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Geography literally means the study of the earth. As a discipline, it is the study of spaces and places and a way of envisioning events in spatial terms. Geography is predominantly used as a tool for understanding people and places in the world. As described in the history, geography education primarily relies on maps and a set of themes to help students learn about places. These tools offer students a picture of a world they cannot travel. This common approach is criticized for being too descriptive, simplistic, and deterministic, a criticism that also underlies other theoretical shifts in curriculum studies. As with critical theory writ large, critics purport that understanding places must attend to how and why the descriptors of those people and places arose. ...

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