GA Annual Conference - University of Surrey, Guildford, 27-29 March 2008

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Here is a variety of material taken from lectures, workshops and teacher-to-teacher sessions held at the GA Annual Conference in Guildford, 27-29 March 2008.

Jim Knight MP Speech
Thursday 27 March
The 2008 Annual Conference got off to a great start with the announcement by Jim Knight MP, Minister for Schools and Learners, of further Action Plan funding. More information about 'APG2' is available on the News page.

Download: Jim Knight MP Speech (PDF, 121k)

Presidential Lecture - Sustaining Geography
All KS
John Westaway, Geographical Association President 2007-08
How do we sustain geography? John Westaway's Presidential Lecture looked at geography's fluctuating fortunes in recent years and considered ways in which we may ensure a future for the subject, focusing in particular on geography's key role in educating children and young people for sustainable development.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (6.9M)

Keynote Address
Interdependence Day: Rethinking our place in a fast changing world

All KS
Dr Joe Smith
Global issues such as climate change tend to be framed in wholly negative terms, inviting apathy. But we should also recognise that this is a compelling, fascinating time, full of opportunity to change the world for the better. Geography, the subject that 'writes the Earth', should take the lead.

An article on Interdependence was published in Geography Compass, 1/3 (2007): 340–359.

Lecture 1 - Geographies of Young People
KS4 - Post 16
Dr Louise Holt and Dr Sophie Bowlby
Geographies of Young People is an exciting, new and expanding international research area in Higher Education. In this session, we will present some of the key contemporary topics, concepts and debates within this field and suggest opportunities for these to be applied in the revised 14-19 geography curriculum.
Joint GA/RGS-IBG lecture

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (478k)

Lecture Plus 1 - Living Geography: 8 ways fieldwork
KS2 - Post 16
Steve Rawlinson
This session outlined how the 8 way approach to the study of an area was adapted to a specific area of Newcastle. It further outlined how this approach may be adopted for a variety of ages and abilities and showed some of the materials produced.

Download: Handout (PowerPoint, 1.74M)

Double Workshop 2 & 11 - Using Google Earth for Fieldwork
KS3 - Post 16
Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop
This session showed how to use Google Earth and add a geo-located image using digital cameras and GPS. This technique allows for a rich multimedia record of fieldwork to be created with potential uses for pupils unable to attend fieldwork; reviewing fieldwork for coursework; and preparing for similar coursework.

Website: Digital Explorer (workshop resources)
Download: Google Earth

Lecture Plus 2 - Sustainable Schools for You
Janice Lawson
The session provided an overview of the DCSF Sustainable Schools programme and explored how it has impacted on some schools, teachers and pupils.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (1.35M)

Lecture Plus 3 - Global Learning for Sustainable Development
All KS
Dr Fran Martin
This session introduced key issues concerning global learning and sustainable development based on research conducted into the impact of a Tide~ (Teachers in Development Education) teacher study visit to The Gambia. The implications of the research for teacher development in sustainability and global school partnerships were also considered.
Presented by GA Teacher Education Working Group

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (691k)

Lecture 4 - Making Diversity Real in Teaching
All KS
Judy Ling Wong
Living positively and dynamically in a diverse world is a key to all our futures. The quality of the relationship of people to people affects what can be achieved within the relationship of people to the environment. In this lecture, Judy shared her vast experience of engaging innovatively with diverse communities.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (3.22M)

Lecture Plus 4 - Food Stories
KS4 - Post 16
Professor Peter Jackson and Daniel Mace
A practical introduction to the Food Stories website, helping students understand where their food comes from, how far it has travelled and how it gets 'from farm to fork'. Focusing on recent changes in the British food industry, the site includes audio extracts, animations, teachers’ notes and other resources.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (304k)
Website: Food Stories

Lecture 5 - The New Sixth-Form Geography
Post 16
Dr Viv Pointon
Sixth-form geography is facing significant changes. Teaching of the new AS specifications starts in September alongside the first 14-19 diplomas; other centres will offer the IB or a similar British counterpart such as the Cambridge Pre-U. This session reviewed the options and suggested ways to revise and revitalise delivery.
Presented by GA Post-16 Phase Committee

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (130k)

(Please note: images of bridges have been removed for copyright reasons)

Lecture Plus 7 - Introducing Controlled Assessments
Paul Weeden and Dr John Hopkin
Controlled assessments will replace coursework in the revised GCSE specifications. This session will review the experience of past GCSE assessments outside the examination and introduce the key principles of controlled assessments. There will be time for discussion about different models of controlled assessment and the implications for choosing a specification.
Presented by GA Assessment & Education Working Group

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (338k)
Download: Handout (Word, 42k)

Lecture Plus 8 - Chartered Geographer (Teacher)
KS1 - Post 16
Claire Wheeler
A chance to find out about developments in Chartered Geographer (Teacher) status, ask questions and hear Chartered Geographers talk about their experiences with the accreditation. Delegates also learned about how Chartered Geographer (Teacher) links to the Geography Quality Marks.
In partnership with RGS-IBG

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (195k)

Workshop 9 - The RADwaste Project
Bob Usher
'It's not often you get to make decisions that can last longer than our lifetime!'. The 'RADwaste' project challenges schools throughout the UK to engage with the complex issues of nuclear waste management in the UK. In this session the KS4 geography resource was demonstrated through a series of interactive presentations.
In partnership with London Grid for Learning

Website: The RADwaste Project (downloadable resources available)

Lecture 10 - Geography Concepts: What, why and how?
Liz Taylor
This session explored the links between our understandings of geography as a discipline and the types of concepts we choose to foreground in planning. There was a particular focus on planning for the 2008 KS3 curriculum, but the session was also relevant to other key stages.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (360k)
Download: Lecture Notes (Word, 61k)

Lecture 11 - Populations in Transition
Post 16
Dr Ray Hall
An examination of European population change and challenges in the context of global change with specific reference to the second demographic transition. There was discussion of fertility and household change, migration trends and changing population structures.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (2M)

Workshop 12 - New Approaches to Teaching Tourism
KS3 - Post 16
Dr Charles Rawding
This session focused on recent approaches to the study of tourism and leisure within geography and offered insights into how these approaches can be introduced in the classroom.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (2.73M)

Lecture 14 - Sustainable Spatial Policy
Post 16
Dr Mike Raco
This session examined the form and character of the government's 'sustainable communities' agenda and its implications for planning policy in England. It begins by outlining the key elements of recent reforms before assessing their impacts on urban regeneration, place-making, urban planning and policy, and regional development.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (1.08M)

Lecture 15 - Growing China: The changing Yangtze
KS2 - Post 16
Adam Nichols and Iain Palôt
China's 'Great River' basin is home to 500 million people and the source of a substantial part of the nation's GDP. The Yangtze river is its lifeblood and the changes along its course are dramatic and spectacular. In this session, the 2007 Study Tour reported on its findings.
Presented by GA IWG

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (9.78M)

Lecture 16 - Corrupting the Curriculum?
KS3 - Post 16
Professor David Lambert and Dr John Morgan
The geography curriculum is up for grabs. In secondary, there is enormous new flexibility and we are encouraged to 'localise' and to 'personalise' the content selection and embrace new 'curriculum opportunities'. In primary, the curriculum is undergoing review, which we await with great interest. This lecture addressed some enduring questions, once again brought to the fore with the current round of rapid review and change. The presenters took their cue from a 2007 critique from Alex Standish published by Civitas, called 'Geography used to be about maps'.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (72k)

Workshop 18 - Mapping with ICT
Kate Russell
This session shared research into a range of software and websites which are available to help you access, create and manipulate digital maps. These can be used to help pupils develop their maps skills with ICT in the primary classroom.
Presented by GA ICTWG

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (1.29M)

Workshop 19 - Dam Sustainable Development
Dr Kevin Cook
This session examined the meaning of sustainability as it relates to villages and communities in the Machakos district, a semi-arid part of Kenya. Participants will examine teaching resources prepared by the UK charity Excellent Development on their work on water harvesting, tree planting and sand dam construction.
Presented by GA International Working Group

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (428k)

Workshop 21 - Breaking Down Boundaries
Thomas Biebrach
Practical advice on how geography teachers can develop stronger links with other subject areas whilst maintaining a clear geographical identity. How can subject leaders and teachers develop a more coherent curriculum and contribute to crosscurricular dimensions (e.g. global citizenship) whilst sustaining and reinforcing teaching and learning in geography?
Presented by GA Secondary Phase Committee

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (365k)
Download: Comparing Subjects Handout (Word, 50k)
Download: National Curriculum 2008 Handout (Word, 42k)
Download: Transition Project Handout (Word, 26k)

The GA Secondary Phase Committee have set up a Wiki to enable delegates and any others who may wish to contribute ideas and/or resources surrounding subject collaboration in the light of current developments in the curriculum.

Workshop 24 - A Small Step or a Giant Leap?
Nicky Reckless
How can scale and physical & human processes actively engage students curiosity about the world around them? This was a practical session to look at an enquiry based approach to geographical concepts.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (189k)
Download: Handout (Word, 28.5k)

Workshop 26 - Where am I? Experience and Imagination
Angus Willson
This workshop explored approaches to the concepts of space and place. Examples included incorporation of pupils' experiences, public parks and open spaces and a textbook survival skills exercise. These illustrated the notion of using concepts as classifiers and not for teaching directly.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (293k)
Download: Handout (Word, 43k)

Workshop 31 - SGQM: Implications and Impact
Justin Woolliscroft
The KS3 Secondary Geography Quality Mark is a framework developed to enable subject leaders to raise the standards of school geography, supporting the teaching of quality geography and promoting department leadership and management. This session explored the nature of the Award and described the impacts of the SGQM in schools.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (2.12M)

Double Workshop 34 - Putting the Mystery into Geography
Sarah Watts and Fred Martin
This session provided a means of engaging pupils in fieldwork that gives purpose to data collection, applying problem solving to geographical fieldwork. It used an investigative process to collect data to solve a simulated murder, advocating geography as a 'real world' subject with applications beyond the textbook.
Presented by GA Secondary Phase Committee

Download: 'The Necklace Affair' Presentation (980k)
Download: 'The Necklace Affair' (Word, 1.5M)
Download: Crime Time Chart (Word, 33k)
Download: Crime Time Chart 2 (Word, 46k)
Download: Crime Board (Word, 51k)

Workshop 36 - Places People Want
Angus Willson and Sue Bermingham
This session looked at the DVD 'Sustainable Communities: Places People Want' as a resource for exploring learners' own experiences of where they live with specific reference to 'visioning skills'. It also looked at alternative ways of interpreting urban landscapes and asked how we build upon pupils' vocabulary for personal expression of their own geographies.
This project received funding from the Academy for Sustainable Communities

Download: PowerPoint Presentation(472k)
Download: Handout (Word, 494k)

Workshop 37 - Teaching Geography Through Citizenship
KS2 - Post 16
Dr Jessica Pykett and Helen Griffiths
This session explored the contribution of geography to citizenship issues and was centred on an activity exploring the themes of identity and diversity. Practical classroom activities and discussions will raise everyday and controversial issues relating to ID cards, privacy and public surveillance, rights and responsibilities, and national identities.
Presented by GA Citizenship Working Group

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (148k)
Download: Workshop Report (Word, 83k)
Website: GeoCitizen Award

GIS Made Easy - Using ArcPad for fieldwork with GIS
Steve Dunn and Mark Smith

Download: PowerPoint Presentation(1.54M)

PGCE/NQT Keynote Lecture - Good Influences
All KS
Bob Digby
Who influenced you in deciding to teach? A good school teacher, or university tutor? But who will guide your thinking in your new career? How will decisions be made about what is worth teaching, and who will decide? By referring to his own career, and to changes in geographical thinking, Bob asked 'who are the new geographical educators?'.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (241k)

PGCE/NQT Workshop - Lifting the Lid
EY - KS2
Rachel Bowles
The KS1 Primary Project Box offers schools a practical means of ensuring that their subject work builds upon the play-based, holistic approach for the Early Years. This session will consider how the activities can be developed into a coherent cross-curricular whole and form a basis for subject-based work in KS2.

Download: Summary of Session (Word, 29.5K)
Download: PowerPoint Presentation (3.75M)

Field Visit - Is Guildford a Clone town? An urban field visit to central Guildford
KS3 - Post 16
Sophie MacDowall and Dr Eleanor Coulber
The session started with an introduction to Clone Towns, and an opportunity to make predictions about what the fieldwork is likely to show. Delegates conducted a series of surveys in central Guildford, before returning to present their findings to colleagues and see completed examples of student work.

Website: Geography Teaching Today (field trip materials)

Field Visit - East London's regeneration, including the 2012 Olympics
All KS
Bob Digby
This field trip focused on regeneration in east London during the last 25 years, and included visits to Docklands, Canning Town, the Olympic Park around Stratford, and Stratford City. Security fencing prevented detailed site analysis of the Olympics, but participants were able to understand and assess the Olympics in terms of a much broader regeneration process.

Website: Geography Teaching Today (field trip materials)
Download: Field Trip Review (Word, 42k)

Teacher-to-Teacher - The Health of River Catchments
Dr Desmond Pyle
Using water quality test kits the audience were shown how to gauge the health of river catchments. Clean water is a problem in many parts of Africa; a class study of the Kowie River catchment near Grahamstown, South Africa and its impact on local sustainable development was discussed.

Download: PowerPoint Presentation (655k)

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