Title

Issues in Improving Geography and Earth Science Teacher Education: Results of the #IPGESTE 2016 Conference

Authors

Kathrin Viehrig, Institute of Secondary Education, School of Education FHNW
Daniel Siegenthaler, Institute of Secondary Education, School of Education FHNW
Samuel Burri, Institute of Secondary Education, School of Education FHNW
Sibylle Reinfried, University of Teacher Education
Sarah Bednarz, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University
Marian Blankman, Department of Education and Innovation, Inholland University of Applied Sciences
Terri Bourke, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology
Clare Brooks, Institute of Education, University College London
Philippe Hertig, UER Didactiques des sciences humaines et sociales, HEP Vaud
Joseph Kerski, UER Didactiques des sciences humaines et sociales, University of Denver and Esri
Thomas Kisser, Department of Geography - Research Group for Earth Observation (r geo), Heidelberg University of Education
Michael Solem, AAG, Washington D.C. & Texas State University
Joseph Stoltman, Department of Geography and Mallinson Institute for Science Education, Western Michigan University
Yvonne Behnke, Geographisches Institut, Humboldt-University Berlin
Rod Lane, Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University
Marco Lupatini, Department for Formation and Learning, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland
Nina Scholten, Faculty of Education, Geography Education, University of Hamburg
Alexander Siegmund, Department of Geography - Research Group for Earth Observation (r geo), Heidelberg University of Education
Sandra Sprenger, Faculty of Education, Geography Education, University of Hamburg

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-25-2019

Keywords

Earth science teacher education, Geography teacher education, International conference, Research

Organizational Units

College of Natual Science and Mathematics, Geography and the Environment

Abstract

Earth Science and Geography teacher preparation has developed to some degree along different lines, despite sharing many of the same issues, especially with regard to challenges in teacher education. The conference "International Perspectives on Geography and Earth Science Teacher Education 2016" wanted to bring together educators from both sciences from around the world together to move the debate about these challenges forward. From the research presentations and the discussion during and after the conference, several issues emerged: (1) the importance of the two subjects not losing sight of each other; (2) the need to overcome language barriers; (3) the question of standards/objectives for geography teacher education (e.g. with regard to teachers' (P)CK); (4) media used in teacher education (including ways to improve them); (5) ways to improve learners' geography and earth science content knowledge; and (6) strategies to increase teachers' professionalism. We already suggest some specific steps teacher educators in the two fields can take to improve teacher education. Yet, it also became clear that more research and strengthening international collaborations are needed, as well as better communication of the results of these efforts to practitioners.

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