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Recognising and exploring children’s geographies in school geography

Hammond, L; (2021) Recognising and exploring children’s geographies in school geography. Children's Geographies 10.1080/14733285.2021.1913482. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article draws on the author’s doctoral research to examine the relationships between children’s geographies in different spaces of geographical thought in England – geography in and of everyday life, geography as an academic discipline and geography as a school subject. It begins by setting out how children’s geographies have largely been omitted from school geography due to complex reasons including the impact of governmental policy on teaching and teacher education, and the public accountability of schools. Drawing on a case study of five young people’s narratives about London, the article then examines their perspectives on education - highlighting that the young people view both London, and the education system, as a space of opportunity and hope, but also of inequality and injustice. The article concludes by arguing that through drawing on the ideas and methodologies of children’s geographies as a sub discipline, and recognising and exploring the geographies of those who are taught, school geography can be enhanced by making teachers more informed about the children they teach and providing children with opportunities to examine (their own) geographies through engaging with disciplinary thought.

Type: Article
Title: Recognising and exploring children’s geographies in school geography
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2021.1913482
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2021.1913482
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way
Keywords: Children's geographies, geography education, education, schools, everyday geographies
UCL classification: UCL
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/10125830
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