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Geography Education for Global Understanding

  • Is the first book to explain the contribution of contemporary geography education to developing global understanding

  • Addresses the 21st century spatial challenges for geographic education

  • Brings together an international group of established and early career scholars to promote research in geography education

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. The Framework for Global Understanding

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Why Geography Education Matters for Global Understanding?

      • Rafael de Miguel González, Sarah Witham Bednarz, Ali Demirci
      Pages 3-12
  3. Geography Education for Global Understanding

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 57-57
    2. The Role of Geography Education for Global Understanding

      • Michael Solem, Zhou Weiguo
      Pages 59-69
    3. How Geography Curricula Tackle Global Issues

      • David Lambert, Nicola Walshe
      Pages 83-96
    4. From Classroom Practices to Global Actions

      • Caroline Leininger-Frezal, Sophie Gaujal
      Pages 97-111
    5. Geography Education, Transculturalism and Global Understanding

      • Niranjan Casinader, Gillian Kidman
      Pages 113-128
  4. Global Understanding in Geography Education Around the World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 129-129
    2. Perspectives on Global Understanding in Ibero-American Countries

      • Fabián Araya Palacios, Xosé Manuel Souto González, Sérgio Claudino
      Pages 131-142
    3. Geography Education for Global Understanding in China

      • Yushan Duan, Fengtao Guo, Lianfei Jiang, Xiaowei Xuan, Xin Miao
      Pages 143-153
    4. Global Education for Global Understanding: The Case of Finland

      • Sirpa Tani, Outi Houtsonen, Elina Särkelä
      Pages 155-163
    5. Global Understanding in South Africa

      • Christo P. van der Westhuizen, Aubrey Golightly
      Pages 173-181
    6. Spain: Geography Education for Global Understanding

      • Rafael de Miguel González, Maria Luisa de Lázaro Torres
      Pages 183-192
    7. Geography, Global Citizenship and Global Learning in the UK

      • John Hopkin, Rebecca Kitchen
      Pages 193-203

About this book

This book presents the core concepts of geographical education as a means of understanding global issues from a spatial perspective. It treats education, supported by high standards, approaches, methodologies, and resources, as essential in exploring the interactions of the world’s human and environmental systems at local, regional, and global scales embedded in the nature of the discipline of geography. It covers topics such as climate change, sustainable development goals, geopolitics in an uncertain world, global crisis, and population flows, which are of great interest to geography researchers and social sciences educators who want to explore the complexity of contemporary societies.

Highly respected scholars in geography education answer questions on key topics and explain how global understanding is considered in K-12 education in significant countries around the globe. The book discusses factors such as the Internet, social media, virtual globes and other technological developments that provide insights into and visualization – in real time – of the intensity of relationships between different countries and regions of the earth. It also examines how this does not always lead to empathy with other political, cultural, social and religious values: terrorism threats and armed conflicts are also essential features of the global world. This book opens the dialogue for global understanding as a great opportunity for teachers, educators, scholars and policy makers to better equip students and future citizens to deal with global issues.


Keywords

  • Geography
  • Education
  • Global Understanding
  • Climate Change
  • Global Challenges
  • International Cooperation
  • Environmental Geography

Reviews

“It is … principally a book for an academic audience but would be of interest to secondary Geography teachers with a passion for Global Education and the potential of Geography Education in a contemporary geopolitical context. … The strength of this book is the manner in which it focuses on the way geography can be used to promote global understanding in what is an increasingly fractious and fraught geopolitical context.” (Grant Kleeman, Geographical Education, Vol. 32, 2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • IGU-Commission on Geographical Education, Büyükçekmece, Istanbul, Turkey

    Ali Demirci

  • Faculty of Education, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain

    Rafael de Miguel González

  • Department of Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

    Sarah Witham Bednarz

About the editors

Ali Demirci received his BA from the Department of Geography, Marmara University, Turkey, in 1997; MA from the Department of Geography, Fatih University, Turkey, in 2001; and PhD from the Department of Geography, Marmara University, in 2004. He worked at the department of geography as a professor and chair of the department and also Associate Dean for Art and Science Faculty at Fatih University. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education. His major research interests published in over hundred scientific journals, books, book chapters, and conference proceedings are geospatial technologies, curriculums, and teacher training in geography education. He is the coeditor of the books International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools and Geospatial Technologies and Geography Education in a Changing World, both published by Springer.

Rafael de Miguel González received his BA in Geography (magna cum laude) from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1994; MA in Urban Geography and Planning from the University of Paris (France), in 1996; and PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the same university in 1999. He received his second PhD in Geography Education from the University of Valladolid (Spain). 

He is an associate professor of Geography at the University of Zaragoza, and the coordinator of geography education program, and is also the Executive Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education. He is a member of the board of the Royal Geographical Society of Spain and the Vice-President of EUROGEO (European Association of Geographers). He serves as the regional contact for Spain and is a member of the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education. 

He has been involved in more than 100 publications on urban geography and geographical education: books, book chapters, journals. He is the coeditor of the book Innovative Learning Geography in Europe, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. He is the author of a chapter in the book Learning Progressions in Geography Education, published by Springer. Member of the Editorial Board of International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. Director of the EUROGEO-Springer book Series Key Challenges in Geography. Director of several research funded projects, including Digital Atlas for School Education. Member of the General Assembly of Partners, III United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

Sarah W. Bednarz is currently a Professor Emerita at the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University (TAMU). She is a geography educator with broad interests in teaching and learning, but focuses on spatial thinking and its relationships with geospatial technologies. A current interest is in understanding how learners gain expertise in specific concepts and skills – learning progressions. She received her BA in Geography (magna cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College in 1973; Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Geography Education, from the University of Chicago, in 1974; PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Geography Education, from Texas A&M University, in 1992. She is a former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Geosciences, 2008–2014, and was President of the American Association of Geographers, in 2015–2016. She is an advisory member of the Steering Committee for the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education. She is Co-Chair of the Geographical Sciences Educational Research Committee, part of the NSF-funded project Roadmap for 21st Century Geography Education. She is the commissioning editor of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education.

She is the author of chapters in two books (International Handbook on Geographical Education and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools and Geospatial Technologies and Geography Education in a Changing World), both published by Springer. She is the recipient of Gilbert H. Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education, Association of American Geographers, in 2007 and George J. Miller Award, National Council for Geographic Education, in 2005.

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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-77216-5
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  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
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