A level Changing Places: theory and practice

Who is this course for

A level geography teachers and heads of department

Course date and location

London - Thursday 22 June 2017 (cancelled)

Course overview

The new geography A level includes place as a new substantive theme and requires a much more explicit use of qualitative and quantitative data, especially in the Independent Investigation. This course will provide you with new approaches to teaching about Changing Places within the context of the new A level specifications. It will explore how you can support students to investigate place and develop qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques ready for the Independent Investigation. Using Sheffield or London as a case study we’ll explore its urban context, heritage and diversity to see first-hand the processes that cause places to constantly change and try out practical ideas to investigate places outside the classroom.

Aims and outcomes

  • Enhance your knowledge of the various processes and connections between people, economies and cultures which cause places to change.
  • Consider how to integrate the use of qualitative and quantitative data into your teaching and prepare students for data collection techniques ready for the Independent Investigation.
  • Explore Sheffield’s urban context, heritage and diversity to see first-hand how places constantly change. (Sheffield)
  • Find out about web materials to support and enhance learning. (Sheffield)
  • Explore two postcodes in East London that exemplify some of the changes happening in urban areas. (London)
  • Experience a range of fieldwork activities first-hand, which could also be used with students. (London)

 

Course programme

Sheffield

09.15-09.45: Coffee and registration

09.45-10.30: Session 1 - Investigating Place: Exploring how the connections between people, the economy and society help to explain why places are constantly changing

10.30-10.45: Refreshment break

10.45-12.00: Session 2 – Unequal Places: Using qualitative and quantitative data to map inequalities and visualise places

12.00-12.45: Lunch

12.45-15.30: Session 3 - Field visit: An exploration of Sheffield and opportunity to try out practical ideas to investigate places
We will be outdoors no matter what the weather so please dress accordingly

15.30: Close

London

09.15-9.45: Coffee and registration

09.45-10.30: Session 1 - Investigating East London: Exploring how the connections between people, the economy and society help to explain why east London is constantly changing

10.30-10.45: Refreshment break

10.45-12.30: Session 2 - Field visit: An exploration of Stratford, E.15 - the old postcode - to try out practical ideas to investigate places

12.30-13.15: Lunch - Westfield, Stratford City

13.15-15.30: Session 3 - Field visit: An exploration of East Village E.20 - the new postcode and former Olympic Village - to investigate changes

15.30: Close

Course presenter

John Widdowson, Geography teacher in east London and textbook writer

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