Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Resources for the Secondary Geography Curriculum

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Mathematics and Science Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is intended to make student teachers aware of the large variety of resources available for the teaching and learning of geography. It will demonstrate how to use these creatively for lively lessons.

The vast range of resources available to support the teaching of geography is reviewed.

The merits, procedural requirements and any special difficulties of a sample of resources will be discussed as will the production of one's own resources. A selection of sample resources will be treated in detail.

Emphasis will be made towards the care and effort needed in the preparation and selection of resources that positively impact on the pupils’ interest in and motivation to learn geography.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to assist student teachers:
- In recognising and identifying the many resources that are available for the teaching and learning of geography at secondary level;
- To explore how best to utilise such resources to facilitate understanding and motivate students to learn geography;
- To demonstrate that the wider the range and the higher the quality of visual materials can significantly influence the geographical education of pupils;
- To produce their own resources particularly those that link the real world with that of the classroom (thus bringing some reality into the classroom);
- To instruct through practical examples and discussion on being aware of the important considerations that should influence decisions on choice of resources;
- To reflect on how best to avoid resources that show evidence of gender or ethnocentric bias.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of resources in geography teaching and learning and how these influence the pupils’ interest and motivation to learn.
- List a number of resources available for the teaching and learning of geography.
- Criticise the quality and suitability of selected resources and the ways these can be employed.
- Show awareness of topicality, relevance and accuracy of teaching materials used in the classroom or in the field.
- Be aware of the possibilities of resource misuse.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify a range of resources for use in geography teaching and learning.
- Use resources creatively to support and facilitate learning.
- Construct or modify resource for use if in the classroom or in the field.
- Critically evaluate resources available to support the teaching and learning of geography.
- Recognise gender or ethnocentric bias in resources.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

- Biddulph M, Lambert D & Balderstone D (2015) Learning to teach geography in the secondary school. London, Routledge.

Supplementary Readings:

- Martin F (2006). e-geography, using ICT in quality geography. London, Geographical Association UK.

With readings from Teaching Geography, Geography - an international journal, Geographical and other sources.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Patrick Camilleri
Stephen Schembri

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