A Framework for Qualitative Geographical Education Research

  • Stephanie LederEmail author
Part of the Education for Sustainability book series (EDFSU)


This chapter introduces a methodological framework for qualitative geographical education research for international contexts. I use this framework to explore the status quo and opportunities of Education for Sustainable Development through fieldwork, document analyses and an intervention study in India. I argue that geographical education research needs to be embedded in its socio-cultural context by considering how power relations and cultural norms reflected in educational systems shape pedagogic practice. Against this background, I discuss the applied research methods of participant and classroom observations, qualitative interviews, focus group discussions, action research, and questionnaires and I critically reflected in their application to geographical education research. The process of selecting and accessing schools for extensive fieldwork is described. Finally, I reflect on the role and the perspective of the researcher against the setting of the cultural context.


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  1. 1.University of CologneCologneGermany

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