Geography and Social Justice in the Classroom

Geography and Social Justice in the Classroom

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The rise of critical discourses in the discipline of geography has opened up new avenues for social justice. Geography and Social Justice in the Classroombrings together contemporary research in geography and fresh thinking about geographya€™s place in the social studies curriculum. The booka€™s main purposes are to introduce teachers and teacher educators to new research in geography, and to provide theoretical and practical examples of geography in the curriculum. The book begins with the premise that power and inequality often have spatial landscapes. With the tools and concepts of geography, students can develop a critical geographic literacy to explore the spatial expressions of power in their lives, communities, and the wider world. The first half of the book introduces new research in the field of geography on diverse topics including the social construction of maps as instruments of power and authority. The second half of the book turns the readersa€™ attention to geography in the P-12 classroom, and it highlights how geography can enable teachers and students to explore issues of power and social justice in the classroom. Through critical geographic literacy, educators can boldly position themselves and their students as advocates for a more just world.In demonstrating their knowledge of geography on the AP exam, students are expected to understand the development of ... in space will receive far more attention than the conceptual and representational dimensions of human geography that critical ... Section I consists of seventyfive multiple-choice questions, and Section II consists of three free-response essay questions. ... Typical multiple-choice exam questions, for example, include defining a geographical concept, or answeringanbsp;...

Title:Geography and Social Justice in the Classroom
Author:Todd W. Kenreich
Publisher:Routledge - 2013


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