DGC010 Issues in Geography Education

Faculty of Education
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 15 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
doc. PaedDr. Eduard Hofmann, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PaedDr. Eduard Hofmann, CSc.
Department of Geography – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Kateřina Brabcová
Supplier department: Department of Geography – Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The objective of the course is to lead students towards deeper knowledge and subsequently also towards an informed and critical reflection of various approaches and conceptions of geographical education and to acquaint the students with similarities and differences among approaches to geographical education in model states.
Learning outcomes
- Analyze the geographic curriculum of the selected country; - to compare the geographic curriculum of the Czech Republic; - understand basic concepts of geographic education.
  • - The opportunities and problems of comparison and portability of foreign curricular documents and educational conceptions. - The approaches and conceptions of geographical education abroad in comparison with development in the Czech Republic - The implementation of innovated conceptions of geographical education abroad and related experience - Case studies of model states
    required literature
  • Gerber, R. (Ed.). (2003). International handbook on geographical education. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Curić, Z., Vuk, R., & Jakovčić, M. (2007). Geography curricula for compulsory education in 11 european countries – comparative analysis. Metodika, 8(15), 467–493.
    not specified
  • Learning progressions in geography education : international perspectives. Edited by Osvaldo Muñiz Solari - Michael Solem - Richard Boehms. Switzerland: Springer, 2017, xxvii, 174. ISBN 9783319447162. info
  • Learning progressions for maps, geospatial technology, and spatial thinking : a research handbook. Edited by Michael Solem - Niem Tu Huynh - Richard G. Boehm. First published. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015, xiv, 87. ISBN 9781443874274. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical preparation, critical reading, discussion
Assessment methods
- Critical evaluation of at least two didactically important (inspiring, remarkable) foreign conceptions of geographical education. This critical evaluation should be based primarily on the knowledge of relevant curricular documents, such as educational standards and programs, and their reflection in respected scholarly literature.
- To prove one’s knowledge of various approaches to realization of geographical education, (for example the systematic or thematic approaches) and to identify the typical features of these approaches in curricular documents of specific countries.
- To use the aforementioned knowledge and skills in order to create a set of recommendations and conceptual proposals concerning potential reforms, changes or revisions of the conception and practical realization of geographical education in the Czech Republic.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
It is presumed that students will use the currently valid national curricular documents and conceptual materials of international and national geographical societies, which are accessible on-line.
Relevant studies from the following journals: International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education; Journal of Geography; Geography; Zeitschrift für Geographiedidaktik, Journal of Geography Education; Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography
The course is also listed under the following terms autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023, Spring 2024, Autumn 2024, Spring 2025.
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