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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Wendy Sykes


This unit is Part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with Part A (EDF4861).


This unit aims to build on the understanding developed in EDF4861 Geography education in the secondary years A, to further prepare students to become effective and knowledgeable specialist geography teachers. It develops pre-service teachers' understanding of current trends and approaches in geography education, through a focus on the uses and applications of fieldwork, ICTs, personal geographies, environmental and sustainabilty education, and civics and citzenship education. Students will be expected to critically examine school geography drawing on a range of national and international perspectives on geography curriculum, resources and assessment, and on learners of diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary approaches and trends in geography education in Australia
  2. respond to current ideas about the scope and purpose of school geography and apply them in their geography classes, e.g. in relation to ICTs, sustainability, citizenship, personal geographies
  3. plan, resource, teach and assess geography field activities
  4. effectively design geography education lessons that facilitate critical thinking, research, numeracy and literacy skills
  5. understand further the role of geography both as a separate discipline and as part of an integrated curriculum.


Fieldwork may be arranged by negotiation with students


Assessment Task 1: Geography fieldwork guide (2000 words, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Preparation of a teaching unit (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 3-hour workshop per week, plus approximately 15 hours per week in self-directed study


EDF4861 Geography education in the secondary years A or EDF4118 Social and environmental education


EDF4407 Geography education