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Do personal experiences have an impact on teaching and didactic choices in geography?

Molin, Lena; Grubbström, Ann; Bladh, Gabriel; Westermark, Åsa; Ojanne, Kaj LU ; Gottfridsson, Hans Olof and Karlsson, Svante (2015) In European Journal of Geography 6(4). p.6-20
Abstract

Factors influencing teachers' selection of content in geography teaching is a fundamental didactic matter.1 The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether Swedish geography teachers' informal and formal experiences have influenced their interest in geography and if so, in what way. The results disclosed that informal experiences like outings, holidays, and childhood memories have a significant impact. The results also revealed that childhood experiences might increase the comprehension of how nature and mankind are connected, and how various places differ. Selective traditions showed to be strong, i.e. geographic names and map reading were prioritized while at excursions, physical geography was particularly dominating. We... (More)

Factors influencing teachers' selection of content in geography teaching is a fundamental didactic matter.1 The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether Swedish geography teachers' informal and formal experiences have influenced their interest in geography and if so, in what way. The results disclosed that informal experiences like outings, holidays, and childhood memories have a significant impact. The results also revealed that childhood experiences might increase the comprehension of how nature and mankind are connected, and how various places differ. Selective traditions showed to be strong, i.e. geographic names and map reading were prioritized while at excursions, physical geography was particularly dominating. We argue that in the geography teacher education, didactics should include methods for field studies, giving emphasis also to the part dealing with human geography. Forthcoming teachers need to reflect on how to make didactic choices in order to renounce the selective traditions in the subject.

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Geography teachers, Informal and formal experiences, Reflection, Selective traditions, Subject skills
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European Journal of Geography
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1792-1341
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  author       = {Molin, Lena and Grubbström, Ann and Bladh, Gabriel and Westermark, Åsa and Ojanne, Kaj and Gottfridsson, Hans Olof and Karlsson, Svante},
  issn         = {1792-1341},
  keyword      = {Geography teachers,Informal and formal experiences,Reflection,Selective traditions,Subject skills},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {6--20},
  series       = {European Journal of Geography},
  title        = {Do personal experiences have an impact on teaching and didactic choices in geography?},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2015},
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