Australian primary in-service teachers’ conceptions of geography

Preston,L 2015, Australian primary in-service teachers’ conceptions of geography, International research in geographical and environmental education, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 167-180, doi: 10.1080/10382046.2014.993173.

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Title Australian primary in-service teachers’ conceptions of geography
Author(s) Preston,L
Journal name International research in geographical and environmental education
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 180
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1038-2046
Keyword(s) geography education
subject conceptions
in-service primary teachers
primary education
Summary This paper reports on the second part of a two pronged qualitative investigation that examines the ways in which Australian primary teachers conceptualise geography and geography teaching. In the first part of the project, 47 pre-service primary teachers were surveyed. In this paper, I draw on interviews with six in-service primary teachers to explore their experiences, conceptions and perceptions of geography. The findings indicate a noticeable difference between the conceptions of geography held by experienced teachers and those of early career, in-service teachers. Similar to the pre-service teachers studied in part one of this study, the early career teachers had a narrow, information-oriented conception of geography and geography education. Conversely, the experienced teachers portrayed more complex, relational and process-oriented perspectives. The paper concludes by exploring some of the implications for the implementation of the new National geography curriculum in Australia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10382046.2014.993173
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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