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Why study geography?
Are you interested in how the world works? Literally? Then read more about how studying geography should satisfy that curiosity.
Geography is a link between the social sciences (business, history, economics, psychology) and the hard sciences (physics, chemistry and biology). Because of its cross disciplinary nature, a range of skills that can be used in continuing academic learning and future careers are utilised. The skills that children and young people should learn, include data collection, manipulation, presentation and analysis, essay writing, reading maps, annotating and being able to give formal oral presentations.
Studying geography should help children and young people to make sense of the world around them. It is practical, it is pertinent and it is fun. It involves looking at both the physical structure of the planet and the social structure (i.e. how we affect our environment and how it affects us) in the past, present and future. Two of the most important issues facing the world today are climate change and globalisation both of which are issues that geography is related to.
Indeed, geographers have accomplished some highly important things for the human race in the past. They have charted new territory, developed maps (cartography) and measured distances to help negotiate travel before the ability to take pictures of an area from space was even conceived. Where would Google maps be without them. Imagine…
Current GCSE courses are an eclectic mix of topics including urban issues, world development, extreme environments, rivers and hazards to name but a few. Children and young people should be given the opportunity to explore some of the huge questions which affect our world. It should enable them to understand the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change our world constantly.
There are many diverse ways to experience geography. It is very practical with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques.
It also develops communication and teamwork skills; research and analysis skills including in IT, lab and fieldwork – a very important part of studying geography.
Literacy skills should be enhanced and developed through report writing and written work. Numeracy skills should also be enhanced and made practical use of when interpreting data and constructing graphs.
Geography can be divided into two main branches:
Physical Geography is a branch of earth science, which looks at the natural elements of the world, including the atmosphere, land and oceans. In physical geography climate, soil, how the earth was formed and how it is changing over time are investigated.
Human Geography is a social science that studies how humans interact with the planet. It includes exploring population growth, migration, how urban and rural settlements develop, how we work with animals and even how our economies are effected by the environment we live in.