This book outlines how good teaching of primary geography can extend children’s world awareness and help them make connections between their environmental and geographical experiences. Chapters offer guidance on important learning and teaching issues as well as the use and creation of resources from the school environment to the global context. It covers all the key topics in primary geography including: understanding places physical and human geography environmental sustainability learning outside the classroom global issues citizenship and social justice. Summaries, classroom examples and practical and reflective tasks are included throughout to foster understanding and support the effective teaching of primary geography.

eography and Social Justice : Citizenship, equity and controversial issues

Geography and Social Justice: Citizenship, equity and controversial issues

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • understand the meaning of social justice and appreciate children’s learning about it in primary school;
  • recognise the connections and interrelationships between sustainability, citizenship, controversial issues and environmental geography;
  • recognise that geography is an effective and appropriate subject for teaching about equity and social responsibility;
  • realise that there are a variety of geography topics that explore matters of social justice and equity;
  • appreciate that learning about matters of social justice involves examining controversial issues and dilemmas.


Geography is not a detached study. Geography is ethically informed, concerned and focused. It relates at all times to what is happening in the lives of people and the places ...

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