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Geography Education's Potential and the Capability Approach

GeoCapabilities and Schools

Authors: Bustin, Richard

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  • Provides a persuasive argument for a knowledge led curriculum built around the powerful knowledge of school subjects
  • Argues that the ‘powerful knowledge’ of geography as a subject in schools has a unique contribution to make to the education of young people, and should therefore be a central tenet in the school curriculum, promised to all young people
  • Encourages all geography teachers to re-think the role they play in the big picture of education, and thus show school leaders and policy makers the value of the subject, and a subject based curriculum in the face of competing curriculum pressures
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This book explores the pivotal role that geography as a school subject plays in helping every young person achieve their educational potential. Expressed as ‘GeoCapabilities’, this concept draws on the the capabilities approach developed by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum applied to curriculum thinking in schools. While traditional subjects have often been deemed irrelevant and outdated in an overcrowded secondary school curriculum, subjects like geography have often been lost or combined with others to fulfil a broad skills agenda. More recent talk of a ‘knowledge led’ curriculum can often lead to the recitation of facts at the expense of developing deeper understanding. This book argues the concept of powerful geographical knowledge, based on the work of Michael Young and David Lambert, invests the subject of geography with its educational potential: this forms the basis of GeoCapabilities. GeoCapabilities focuses on both what is being taught and why, and as such provides a framework of curriculum thinking which will be of interest and value to geography teachers, school leaders with curriculum development responsibilities and all those interested in the capability approach and the moral imperative of education.

About the authors

Richard Bustin is Head of Geography at Lancing College, UK. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Teaching Geography and works with trainee geography teachers across the UK.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25642-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25641-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geography Education's Potential and the Capability Approach
Book Subtitle
GeoCapabilities and Schools
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25642-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25642-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25641-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 197
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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