School Geography OpenCourseWare: The Open University's Free Bachelor Level Class on School Geography

Published Feb 10, 2009

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Enter the debate about the educational value of geography through 'School Geography: Exploring a Definition,' a free OpenLearn course. Offered through the online Open University, this intermediate-level education course takes approximately nine hours to complete.

School Geography: Exploring a Definition: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

School Geography: Exploring a Definition: Course Description

This free OpenLearn course for educators offers an analysis of how geography is taught and understood in primary and secondary schools, particularly in England and Wales. Those using this unit will examine topical debates and key issues in geography education through the varied theories of students, teachers, education experts and others. They will come to realize that geography teachers can no longer offer up only facts. Instead, they must instruct their students in how to use geography to resolve disputes and address controversies and arguments in an intelligent manner. By completing this free, online course, teachers will be reminded that geography is about more than maps. It's about distinct environments, people and places that are interconnected with one another in many ways.

Readings, activities for teachers and students and a list of reference materials are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the school geography course page.

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