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Sources of Geography Education Research

Sources of Geography Education Research

The sources of geography education research identified on this page are useful places to start if you are looking to engage with research broadly.

Geography Teacher Educators’ (GTE) Conference

Description: The Geography Teacher Educators’ (GTE) Conference gathers geography tutors from ITE courses all over the UK and further afield together, to exchange ideas, discuss each other’s research and debate current issues within geography education.

Mode of presentation: Presentations

Year of publication: 2006-present

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: International but UK focus

GA Annual Conference ‘Reporting Research

Description: There are several reporting research sessions each year at the GA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. These sessions are used by research-active experts and teachers to report their recent and ongoing research into geography education.

Mode of presentation: Presentations

Year of publication: 2015-present

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: International but UK focus

GeogEd

Description: GeogEd was the GA’s online journal for geography ITE tutors.  It published original draft articles reporting research in the field of geographical education, of interest to those involved in teacher education, to teachers of geography and to students on ITE and Higher Degree courses.

Mode of presentation: Draft journal articles

Year of publication: 2007-2012

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: UK focus

Research in Primary Geography

Description: The Register of Research in Primary Geography (RRPG) contains a database of action and investigative research. It was designed for collaborative use by primary teachers, teacher trainers and others.

Mode of presentation: Occasional papers

Year of publication: 2000-2004

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: International UK focus

ITE Think Pieces

Description: The GA’s ‘Think Pieces’ are intended to inform and to encourage reflection on a range of themes and issues, and provide practical support for tutors planning ITE sessions. 

Mode of presentation: Occasional papers

Year of publication: 2008-2009

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: UK focus

Geography Education Research Collective

Description: A collective dedicated to the promotion of geography education through research and publication. GEReCo is a group of teacher educators who joined together with the shared purpose of creating and disseminating research in geography education

Mode of presentation: Various

Year of publication: 2010-present (from 2019 with IGU-CGE)

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: GEReCo

Scope: UK focus

IGU-CGE Research forum

Description: The UK committee of the International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education (IGU-CGE) holds an annual forum for researchers active in geographical education.

Mode of presentation: Presentations

Year of publication: 2019-present

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: IGU-CGE

Scope: UK focus

Review of International Geographical Education Online (RIGEO)

Description: RIGEO aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice in geography education. It is open for rigorous research papers as well as for teachers’ experience about good practise in geography education at all levels.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 2011-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Türkiye

Scope: International focus

Geographical Education

Description: Geographical Education encourages school, university teachers and all others interested in geography to share their ideas and experiences in order to promote sound practice, innovative strategies, modern developments and reflection in geographical education.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 2013-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: Australia Geography Teachers Association

Scope: Australia focus

Field Studies Journal

Description: The Field Studies Journal aims to increase our knowledge and deepen our understanding of the areas around FSC Centres. Articles may cover biological, geographical, geological, and pedagogical themes as well as descriptive natural history.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 1959-2003 and 2015-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: Field Studies Council

Scope: UK focus

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Geography and Education research group

Description: The research group provides a forum for the discussion of issues concerning geography and education. They promote and support teaching and learning in geography within (but not limited to) higher education.

Mode of presentation: Meetings and conference papers

Year of publication: 2019 – present

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) the Institute of British Geographers

Scope: International focus

Geography

Description: The GA’s international journal for academics and specialist teachers of the subject in schools and colleges, as well as post-16 students and undergraduates. It explores the idea of geography within the context of school education, through scholarly summaries and interpretations of current research and debate about aspects of geography or geographical education.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 1901-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: International but UK focus

Theory into Practice

Description: The GA’s Theory into Practice is a cross-phase book series which takes aspects of research in geographical education and relates them directly to classroom practice.

Mode of presentation: Book series

Year of publication: 2000s

Peer reviewed: No

Publisher: Geographical Association

Scope: UK focus

This series is now out of print but GA members can access pdf copies of the books below, please make sure you are logged in. Readers are urged to exercise caution as they engage with these sources, particularly to recognise that the educational and research landscape has changed since these titles were written and in print.

International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education (IRGEE)

Description: IRGEE publishes research studies within the context of geographical and environmental education from around the world. The journal promotes international interest and dissemination of research in the field, provides a forum for critique, and demonstrates the relevance of research studies to good professional practice.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 1992-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: Commission on Geographical Education (CGE) of the International Geographical Union (IGU)

Scope: International focus

Journal of Geography (JoG)

Description: The Journal of Geography publishes innovative approaches to geography research, teaching, and learning.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 1902-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: National Council for Geographic Education, USA

Scope: USA focus

Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Description: The Journal of Geography in Higher Education is founded upon the conviction that the development of learning and teaching is vitally important to higher education.

Mode of presentation: Journal articles

Year of publication: 1977-present

Peer reviewed: Yes

Publisher: Carfax Publishing

Scope: International focus

National Research Reports

The professional needs and views of teachers of geography (January 2022)

  • In 2022 the Geographical Association published a national research report to present the findings from a two-phase ‘listening exercise’, comprised of an online survey and a series of focus group discussions with geography educators from the primary, secondary and post-16/HE phases and from Initial Teacher Education (ITE). The original survey questions can be viewed here.

Geography initial teacher education (ITE) and teacher supply in England: 2018 update (March 2018)

A National Research Report on geography and global learning

  • Based on its work for the 2013-18 Global Learning Programme, the GA published a National Research Report on Geography and global learning.

 

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