EDF5140 - Geography education in the secondary years B - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Mr Stephen Cranby

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part B of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part A (EDF5139).


This unit builds on the understanding developed in EDF5139 (Geography education in the secondary years A), to allow students to develop advanced knowledge, skills and capabilities as specialist geography teachers. It extends students' understanding of current trends and approaches in geography education, through a focus on the uses and applications of fieldwork, information and communication technologies (ICT), personal geographies, environmental and sustainability education, and civics and citizenship education. Students are expected to critically examine school geography drawing on a range of national and international perspectives on geography curriculum, resources and assessment, and on learners of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Students are also expected to be able to design and conduct research to develop their understanding of geography education.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary approaches, research and trends in geography education in Australia and internationally
  2. respond to current ideas about the scope and purpose of school geography and apply them in their geography classes, e.g. in relation to ICTs, sustainability, citizenship and personal geographies
  3. plan, resource, teach and assess geography field activities
  4. effectively design geography education lessons that facilitate critical thinking, research, numeracy and literacy skills
  5. demonstrate advanced knowledge of the role of geography both as a separate discipline and as part of an integrated curriculum.


Fieldwork may be arranged by negotiation with students.


Geography fieldwork guide (2000 words, 50%)

Preparation of a teaching unit (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 3 hour workshop per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the remaining hours per week

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