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Teaching Geography Creatively

Edited by Stephen Scoffham

Routledge – 2013 – 220 pages

Series: Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

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Description

This lively, thought-provoking edited collection is packed full of practical ideas for teachers looking to foster a creative primary classroom. It will also make its readers reflect on how creativity and geography intersect in children’s lives and why creativity is vital in sustaining all our futures.

Professor Anna Craft, University of Exeter and The Open University, UK.

Teaching Geography Creatively offers an innovative approach to geography education in the primary classroom, and is crammed full of practical approaches for bringing the teaching of geography to life. With ideas for exploring physical geography, human geography and environmental issues, it is a stimulating and enjoyable source of inspiration for all training and experienced teachers.

Underpinned by the latest research and theory and with contemporary, cutting-edge practice at the forefront, expert authors from schools and universities explore the inter-relationship between creativity and learning and how creativity can enhance pupils’ motivation, self-image and well-being. The importance of equipping children for a rapidly changing environment and the need to place learning in a values context are also stressed.

Imaginative ideas for teaching in geography include:

  • games and starter activities as entry points for creative learning;
  • learning about the environment and sustainability through problem solving;
  • linking geography with art, music and mathematics;
  • using the local area for map work, history and ICT;
  • new approaches to fieldwork, playful learning and outdoor work;
  • exploring ‘messy learning’ and real world events.

With an emphasis on promoting creativity as a key element to developing young children’s knowledge, understanding and enjoyment, Teaching Geography Creatively offers a range of practical strategies to enable teachers to take a fresh approach to geography teaching.

Reviews

‘Gold Award Winner! Geographical Association Publishers’ Awards 2014. The judges found this publication to be dynamic and engaging, with lots of practical approaches for geography teaching in the classroom…Valuable for experienced and specialist teachers of geography with responsibility for leadership and implementation of geography… and useful for teachers of varying levels of expertise, including student teachers and those who lack the confidence to teach exciting geography lessons.’

This lively, thought-provoking edited collection is packed full of practical ideas for teachers looking to foster a creative primary classroom. But it will also make its readers reflect on how creativity and geography intersect in children’s lives and why creativity is vital in sustaining all our futures.

Professor Anna Craft, University of Exeter and The Open University

Contents

1. Geography and Creativity: Making connections Stephen Scoffham 2. Fun and games in geography Terry Whyte 3. Exploring geography through stories Anne Dolan 4. Playful approaches to learning out of doors Sharon Witt 5. Learning about places around the world Simon Catling 6. Representing landscapes in maps and art Margaret Mackintosh 7. Landscapes and sweet geography Niki Whitburn 8. Geography and history in the local area Anthony Barlow 9. Geography and Mathematics: A creative approach Jane Whittle 10. Geography and the creative arts Julia Tanner 11. Geography and Music: A creative harmony Arthur Kelly 12. Geography and Sustainability Paula Owens 13. Keeping geography messy Stephen Pickering 14. Geography, creativity and the future Jonathan Barnes and Stephen Scoffham

Author Bio

Dr Stephen Scoffham is Principal Lecturer in Primary Geography Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Related Subjects

  1. Geography

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