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Pedagogy for geography

Pedagogy means teaching: specifically teacher actions that promote student learning.

Effective geography teachers use a range of approaches to support student learning. The New Zealand Curriculum offers generic information about effective pedagogy (NZC, pp. 34–36), and describes a process for 'teaching as inquiry'.

This cyclical process provides a framework that can help teachers to plan strategically and respond to the effects of their teaching, that is, to think about how you’re teaching and whether it’s working. For example, is your teaching:

  • teacher-directed or is it student-directed
  • is it whole class, group work or individual work
  • is it text centered, discussion based or resource based?

How are you monitoring student engagement? How do you get feedback:

  • Do you informally conference with your students?
  • Do you conduct class surveys?
  • Do you recap the previous day’s work, if so how do you do this?

Teacher actions promoting student learning

Consider the actions you are taking to support student learning in geography.

Last updated February 3, 2011



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