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Issues in improving geography and earth science teacher education: results of the #IPGESTE 2016 conference

Viehrig, K; Siegenthaler, D; Burri, S; Reinfried, S; Bednarz, S; Blankman, M; Bourke, T; ... Sprenger, S; + view all (2019) Issues in improving geography and earth science teacher education: results of the #IPGESTE 2016 conference. Journal of Geography in Higher Education , 43 (3) pp. 299-322. 10.1080/03098265.2019.1608920.

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Abstract

Earth Science and Geography teacher preparation has developed to some degree along different lines, despite sharing many of the same issues, especially with regard to challenges in teacher education. The conference “International Perspectives on Geography and Earth Science Teacher Education 2016” wanted to bring together educators from both sciences from around the world together to move the debate about these challenges forward. From the research presentations and the discussion during and after the conference, several issues emerged: (1) the importance of the two subjects not losing sight of each other; (2) the need to overcome language barriers; (3) the question of standards/objectives for geography teacher education (e.g. with regard to teachers’ (P)CK); (4) media used in teacher education (including ways to improve them); (5) ways to improve learners’ geography and earth science content knowledge; and (6) strategies to increase teachers’ professionalism. We already suggest some specific steps teacher educators in the two fields can take to improve teacher education. Yet, it also became clear that more research and strengthening international collaborations are needed, as well as better communication of the results of these efforts to practitioners.

Type: Article
Title: Issues in improving geography and earth science teacher education: results of the #IPGESTE 2016 conference
DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2019.1608920
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1608920
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Geography teacher education, earth science teacher education, research, international conference
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10076884
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