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Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Theory into Practice: Mysteries Make You Think

David Leat and Adam Nichols

  • Series Editor: Mary Biddulph and Graham Butt
  • Pages: 48
  • ISBN: 978-1-899085-70-5
  • Published: 1999


Each book in this series takes aspects of current research into geographical education and delivers them to the classroom practitioner. The Theory into Practice series is dedicated to improving and reinvigorating the debate about teaching and learning in geography.

Key elements of the series are: direct communication with the classroom practitioner about current aspects of research in geographical education, and how these relate to the classroom.

Mysteries are strategies designed specifically for a co-operative group work. Students must go through recognisable, observable stages on the way to 'solving' a 'Mystery'.

This book outlines the use of Mysteries in the geography classroom, reports on research into their use and discusses how they can help develop students' thinking skills

This is an interesting and comprehensive little book with some useful ideas for the busy classroom teacher who is constantly striving to find innovative ways to deliver geography - Reviewed in Teaching Geography, October 2000


Editors’ preface

Chapter 1: Mysteries – What are they?
Chapter 2: Writing a Mystery
Chapter 3: Using Mysteries in the classroom
Chapter 4: Observations and analysis
Chapter 5: Brains on the Table?
Chapter 6: What and how do students learn from Mysteries?
Chapter 7: Conclusion and ways forward


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  • Primary Geography
  • Teaching Geography
  • Geography

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