Irish Primary School Children’s Definitions of 'Geography'

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HDL Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2428/8333
Title:
Irish Primary School Children’s Definitions of 'Geography'
Authors:
Pike, Susan
Abstract:
This research reviews a sample of 5th class children’s definitions of geography. It was carried out after the publication of the Revised Primary School Curriculum (Government of Ireland, 1999 curriculum) but before any staff development had taken place for the implementation of the this curriculum. Since the data was collected staff development for the 1999 curriculum in geography has been timetabled for the 2005-2006 school year. The data collected revealed most children had a clear idea what geography was, with the majority of children, 97.3%, referring to one or more aspects of geography. Over half the children defined geography as being about themes and places. A clear emphasis on the learning of place names and fact learning came through in definitions. There were limited references to learning key ideas or concepts. Skills, with the exception of 'maps' were mentioned by few children. No child mentioned fieldwork. The definitions written by the children tended to reflect geography topics they had covered in school textbooks. The findings suggest areas of the 1999 curriculum that will be new to teachers and children and point to the challenges for the implementation of the curriculum.
Citation:
Irish Educational Studies 2006, 25:1
Issue Date:
Mar-2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2428/8333
DOI:
10.1080/03323310600597618
Additional Links:
http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t716100713~db=all
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
03323315
Appears in Collections:
Journal Papers

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dc.contributor.authorPike, Susan-
dc.date.accessioned2007-02-12T13:01:45Z-
dc.date.available2007-02-12T13:01:45Z-
dc.date.issued2006-03-
dc.identifier.citationIrish Educational Studies 2006, 25:1en
dc.identifier.issn03323315-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/03323310600597618-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2428/8333-
dc.description.abstractThis research reviews a sample of 5th class children’s definitions of geography. It was carried out after the publication of the Revised Primary School Curriculum (Government of Ireland, 1999 curriculum) but before any staff development had taken place for the implementation of the this curriculum. Since the data was collected staff development for the 1999 curriculum in geography has been timetabled for the 2005-2006 school year. The data collected revealed most children had a clear idea what geography was, with the majority of children, 97.3%, referring to one or more aspects of geography. Over half the children defined geography as being about themes and places. A clear emphasis on the learning of place names and fact learning came through in definitions. There were limited references to learning key ideas or concepts. Skills, with the exception of 'maps' were mentioned by few children. No child mentioned fieldwork. The definitions written by the children tended to reflect geography topics they had covered in school textbooks. The findings suggest areas of the 1999 curriculum that will be new to teachers and children and point to the challenges for the implementation of the curriculum.en
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dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t716100713~db=allen
dc.subjectPrimary School Curriculumen
dc.subjectGeographyen
dc.subjectChildren's viewsen
dc.subjectSchools in Irelanden
dc.titleIrish Primary School Children’s Definitions of 'Geography'en
dc.typeArticleen
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