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Living Geography: Exciting futures for teachers and students
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Living Geography: Exciting futures for teachers and students

David Mitchell

Series Editor: Chris Kington Publishing

Key Stage: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4

Pages: 240

ISBN: 978-1-899857-20-3

Published: 2007


£64.99 / £53.99 GA Members*

Living Geography draws from recent, school-focused research to guide and support you in providing a concept based geography curriculum that is relevant, purposeful and exciting for young people. It is written for all those involved with the teaching of secondary school geography

It contains 12 chapters that each focus on a theme relating to current UK policy, both in the national curriculum for geography and other overarching policy guidelines (including QCA and Every Child Matters 2007). These include;

  • ESD and futures
  • global citizenship and ICT
  • young people’s geographies
  • natural processes
  • GIS and virtual space
  • human rights
  • life, death and disease

Each chapter contains a conceptual and research based overview, followed by practical classroom strategies exemplified by a distinctive pedagogy or learning style, selected from:

  • thinking skills approaches
  • writing supports
  • use of images
  • GIS
  • a distinctive real world, place-based study, at a range of scales.

Each chapter will therefore give the practical means for teachers to bring the principles and concepts of living geography discussed, to learning in the classroom.

Living Geography:

  • embraces young people’s geographies
  • is current and future oriented
  • is local but set in wider (global) contexts
  • understands natural and human processes
  • raises questions of change, sustainability and development



Chapter 1: David Lambert and John Morgan

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is living geography?
  • Part 2: Why living geography now?

Chapter 2: Roger Firth and Mary Biddulph

  • Whose Life is it anyway? Young people’s geographies
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 3: Denise Freeman and Alum Morgan

  • Living in the future – education for sustainable development
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 4: Douglas Bourn and Alison Leonard

  • Living in the wider world – the global dimension
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 5: Isobel Mitchell

  • Living with rights – a human rights approach to geography
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 6: Rachel Atherton

  • Living with natural processes – physical geography and the human impact on the environment
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 7: Andrew Turney

  • Living and learning outside the classroom – fieldwork
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 8: David Mitchell

  • GIS: changing life and work – geographic information systems
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 9: Daniel Raven-Ellison

  • (Re)presenting places, people and lives – using digital media
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 10: Angus Wilson

  • Where will young people live? – building sustainable communities
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 11: John Lyon

  • Life, death and disease – applied geographical thinking and disease
  • Exemplar Material

Chapter 12: Clare Brooks

  • Teaching living geography – making a geography curriculum
  • Exemplar Material



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