What is geography?

Alaric Maude

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The chapter explores the nature of geography as a school subject. It reviews the five aims of the Australian Curriculum: Geography, as these provide a guide for teachers in thinking about their objectives in teaching. It then discusses geography's ways of thinking. These are based on a set of concepts that underpin the curriculum and make it distinctively geographical through the ways in which they view the world, the issues they identify as significant, and the questions, methods of analysis, explanations and criteria for evaluation they generate. These concepts are place, space, environment, interconnection, scale, change and sustainability, and they are unpacked and explained in this chapter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching secondary geography
EditorsMalcolm McInerney, John Butler, Susan Caldis, Stephen Cranby, Susanne Jones, Mick Law, Alaric Maude, Rebecca Nicholas
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherCambridge UP
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)978-1-108-98463-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Geographical education
  • Australian Curriculum
  • teaching
  • place and space
  • environment
  • interconnection
  • scale
  • change
  • sustainability


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