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Geography Teacher Education and Professionalization


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  • Helps to re-design and improve teacher education courses worldwide

  • Provides global perspectives on geography teacher education

  • Updates thinking on geography education

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This book focuses on how current and prospective teachers worldwide are prepared for the significant task of teaching geography, given the important role of teachers. It eschews a traditional career-centric framework (pre-service, in-service teaching) in favor of a topical approach toward issues that all teachers face. The book updates thinking on geography education subfields such as GI education and fieldwork and traces important contemporary discourses such as digitalization and sustainability. The book further explains the broad variety of institutionalization of geography teacher education in various political systems.  In short, this book collects strategies for geography teacher educators worldwide to provide insight into the challenges, conditions, and solutions present at the classroom and institutional level. As such, this book is a must-have for teacher educators and geography teachers worldwide.


  • Geography Teacher Education and Professionalism
  • Strategies for pre-service for teacher education
  • Strategies for in-service professional learning
  • Improving geography thinking and skills
  • Initial teacher education in geography
  • Professional knowledge of geography teaching
  • Professional development of geography teachers
  • Primary geography education
  • Digital geography education
  • Challenges and opportunities to geography teacher education
  • Models of teacher education in geography
  • Intervention research design
  • Primary school teacher programs
  • Politics and geography teacher education
  • Institutionalization and networks in geography teacher education
  • Informal teacher training
  • Augmented Geography Education
  • Digital geography education
  • GI competences and geography teacher education

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Education, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Eskişehir, Turkey

    Eyüp Artvinli

  • Institute for Geography, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

    Inga Gryl

  • Department of Social Studies Education, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (Republic of)

    Jongwon Lee

  • Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA

    Jerry T. Mitchell

About the editors

Eyüp Artvinli is full professor in the Faculty of Education at Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Turkey. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Review of International Geographical Education (RIGEO) between 2011 and 2021. After working for nine years as a geography teacher in different high schools, Eyüp worked as a commission member on the Board of Education at the Ministry of Education in Ankara before he began work at Eskişehir Osmangazi University in 2008. His main focus areas are teacher education, curricula in high schools, textbooks, active learning, teacher training, digital geography education, and GIS in schools in geography. He is the author of the research book entitled Teacher Training in Geography in Turkey/ Pre-Service and In-Service Needs Analysis

Inga Gryl is professor for social and science education at the Department of Geography at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She gained degrees at Friedrich-Schiller University, Germany, and Dalarna University, Sweden. After her PhD in 2012 at University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, she was appointed as professor at Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany, in 2013. In 2018, she was guest professor at the University of Vienna, Austria. She has been vice-president and president of the German Association of Geography Education from 2014 to 2019. Her research focuses are digitalization in everyday spatial settings, learning processes and teacher education, geomedia in educational settings, concepts of space and everyday making of geographies among children, innovativeness in education, and education for sustainability.

Jongwon Lee is professor of Social Studies Education (geography education major) at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining Ewha Womans University in 2006, he worked for the American Association of Geographers in Washington, DC, USA as an education fellow from 2005 to 2006. He received his B.A. (1997) and M.A. (2000) degrees in geography education from Seoul National University. He completed his Ph.D. (2005) in geography education at Texas A&M University, USA, developing the Spatial Thinking Ability Test (STAT) and assessing the impact of GIS learning on spatial thinking abilities. He has served as Secretary of the Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union.


Jerry T. Mitchell is professor and chair of the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, USA. He is also Director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Education and a faculty affiliate with the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. He has authored more than sixty articles and book chapters, with work appearing in the journals Natural Hazards Review, Environmental Hazards, Cartography and GIS, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Mitchell served as Editor of the Journal of Geography from 2010 through 2019 and as President of the National Council for Geographic Education in 2020.

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USD 169.99
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