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Achieving Human Potential Through Geography Education: A Capabilities Approach to Curriculum Making in Schools

Lambert, D; Solem, M; Tani, S; (2015) Achieving Human Potential Through Geography Education: A Capabilities Approach to Curriculum Making in Schools. Annals of the Association of American Geographers , 105 (4) pp. 723-735. 10.1080/00045608.2015.1022128. Green open access

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Abstract

This article provides the theoretical underpinnings for an innovative international collaborative project in the field of geography education named GeoCapabilities. The project attempts to respond in new ways to enduring challenges facing geography teachers in schools. These include the need to find convincing expression of geography's contribution to the education of all young people and coping with the apparent divergence of geography in educational settings and its highly disparate expression as a research discipline in university departments. The project also hopes to contribute to the development of a framework for communicating the aims and purposes of geography in schools internationally, because here, too, there is great variety in definitions of national standards and even of disciplinary allegiances (including, e.g., the social studies, humanities, and biological sciences). GeoCapabilities does not seek to flatten such divergences, for one of geography's great strengths is its breadth. The long-term goal is to establish a secure platform for the international development of teachers’ capacities as creative and disciplined innovators. The project encourages teachers to think beyond program delivery and implementation and to embrace their role as the curriculum makers.

Type: Article
Title: Achieving Human Potential Through Geography Education: A Capabilities Approach to Curriculum Making in Schools
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00045608.2015.1022128
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00045608.2015.1022128
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2015 by Association of American Geographers. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Annals of the Association of American Geographers on 13 May 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00045608.2015.1022128.
Keywords: Capabilities approach, curriculum making, geography education, human potential, powerful disciplinary knowledge
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/1540960
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