Why Physical Geography? An Analysis of Justifications in Teacher Magazines in Germany
Nyckelord:PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY, TEACHER MAGAZINES, ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE, SOCIAL AIMS, STUDENT INTEREST
School geography is often quite different from academic geography and there are good reasons for that, as school is preparing young people to be able to lead the life they value instead of just training them to learn specific subject contents. In some countries school geography is understood as being mainly a social science. Nonetheless physical geography often plays an important part in textbooks and in everyday teaching in these countries. This presentation will examine how physical geography topics are justified in specialist teacher magazines in Germany. Are they justified by simply pointing at the value of the academic knowledge itself? Are they justified by claiming students’ special interest in these topics? Or are they justified by showing the value of physical geography in promoting social aims such as sustainable development, freedom or equality?