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AGTA Conference, January 2015

The AGTA 2015 conference was held from 11-16 January 2015 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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Thinking Geographically DVD

Thinking Geographically DVDRevised edition now available

The revised DVD has over 50 additional Thinkpieces, new links to Australian Curriculum resources materials, new professional learning presentations and new curriculum planning suggestions. The DVD contains:

  • geographical thinking examples, exercises and articles
  • over 50 Thinkpieces on geography
  • curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
  • 100s of links to geographical thinking and teaching of geography Internet sites
  • presentations and video resource links to support professional learning.

Australian orders: $99.00 Postage & GST inc.

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Geographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education Geographical Education Volume 27, 2014 includes

  • the Chair of Director’s Annual Report
  • two reports related to the Review of the Australian Curriculum: Geography
    • Submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum Submitted by the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association Limited from Dr Grant Kleeman and
    • Comments on the recommendations relating to geography in the Review of the Australian Curriculum by Associate Professor Alaric Maude
  • four peer reviewed articles:
    • Sustainability in the Australian Curriculum: Geography by Associate Professor Alaric Maude;
    • Investigating the impacts of global education curriculum on the values and attitudes of secondary students by Dr John DeNobile, Dr Grant Kleeman and Ms Anastasia Zarkos;
    • Post-primary education and energy literacy: An analysis of the potential for geography curricula to contribute to Australian students’ energy literacy by Mr Brad Maddock and Dr Jeana Kriewaldt; and,
    • Interested and influential: the role of a professional association in the development of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography by Ms Susan Caldis
  • Book reviews

Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe December 2014 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • AGTA members
  • Curriculum review
  • AGTA conference
  • AGTA website
  • AAAE membership
  • Teaching resources
  • Thinking geographically
  • Big Week Out
  • GeogSpace
  • National competition
  • Geography Olympiad
  • Around the affiliates

Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)News from the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)

Members of ATGA will find much of interest in the latest IAG Newsletter including reports from the IAG conference held in Melbourne, news from the universities and the field as well as recent publications by IAG members.

What is Commonwealth Class?

Commonweath ClassCommonwealth Class is an initiative for schools from the British Council, BBC and Commonwealth Secretariat, and is delivered in Australia by AFSSSE (the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and the Environment). The initiative offers free access to teaching resources, classroom activities, online debates and competitions to mark the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Games.

The Commonwealth Class education pack for teachers is a dynamic, engaging resource that introduces students to Commonwealth values like rights and responsibilities, protecting the environment, healthy living, poverty alleviation and respect for other people.

>> Commonwealth Class flyer

How can you become involved?

The entire Commonwealth Class project aims to involve schools all schools across the Commonwealth in a number of ways including:

  • Sign up to the Commonwealth Class website to access resources and find out about our latest activities including debates, competitions and more. Detailed lesson plans and outlines including suggested activities and resources / links are included.

School resources available

Hard copy Commonwealth Class Education Packs are still available for schools and teachers. As outlined above the resources can aid in the development of classroom activities and lessons to inspire young students to learn about other Commonwealth countries and to be a global citizen!

If you would like a hardcopy resource please email the Program Manager (Michelle Campbell — Email: with your name, address and how many copies you would like posted.

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AGTA welcomes new member

Geography and History Teachers Association of the Northern Territory (GHTANT) IncorporatedThe AGTA Board has unanimously endorsed an application by the newly formed Geography and History Teachers Association of the Northern Territory (GHTANT) Incorporated to become a member of the association. GHTANT’s Julie Hearnden attended the AGTA AGM held in Melbourne on Sunday 13 October and said that the association had been proactive in promoting geography in the Northern Territory and has organised a number of highly successful professional learning activities for its members.

A recent event focusing on the Australian Curriculum: Geography attracted over 60 teachers many travelling long distances from remote parts of the Territory to attend. Members of the AGTA Board were delighted to welcome its new member association.

GeogSpace website

The GeogSpace website developed by AGTA and Education Services Australia (ESA) is now live. AGTA thanks all members of the writing and development teams for their outstanding contributions to this resource which will support the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. AGTA will be running special professional learning programs to support teachers in their use of this wonderful new resource. Further information about these programs can be obtained from AGTA Chair Malcolm McInerney.

>> Download GeogSpace flyer

Hot under the collar

"Climate change really shouldn’t be a political issue." Read what Linh Do, community co-ordinator with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year has to say about climate change. [Published in the Sydney Morning Herald p35, 23 October 2013]

Ministers endorse the Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: Geography

Federal, State and Territory Education Ministers have endorsed the Senior Secondary Australian Curriculum: Geography as the common and agreed base for state and territory senior secondary geography courses.

ACARA will now work with each state and territory curriculum, assessment and certification authority to identify the senior secondary Australian Curriculum content that will be common to all states and territories and the processes and timelines for its implementation.

View the curriculum and watch an overview video on the Australian Curriculum website.

Australian Curriculum: Geography

Following the meeting of Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood on 10 May 2013, ACARA has released the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography. The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) expresses its sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development of this new curriculum.

>> The Hon Peter Garrett MP's press release "Geography joins the new Australian Curriculum landscape"

Mapping out the world

"We need to give young people the opportunity to form images of the world, of the interactions between people and places that are accurate, realistic and empowering. The next generation will make their own world. We need to give them the power to do it well. Having a substantial and really engaging geography experience as part of schooling is absolutely essential if this is going to happen."

>> Read the article in the Sydney Morning Hearld based on a media release from AGTA Patron, Tim Costello

Putting together the national jigsaw for geography

During the past year AGTA has been actively involved in the development of

  • the Australian Curriculum: Geography through the work of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
  • GeogSpace online resources with Education Services Australia (ESA) to support the implementation of the new geography curriculum.
National geography jigsaw

AGTA considers that both of these developments are critical for the future growth of geography in our schools and certainly warrants the energy and financial commitment AGTA has made to the process. The curriculum has reached the final stages of writing, consultation and validation and is due for release in 2013. Whilst this work has created an increased workload and investment from AGTA and its officers we continue to put together the 'National Geography Jigsaw' to promote geographical education in Australia.

The world of geography in Australian schools continues to be a dynamic and exciting one for teachers and students. AGTA's capacity to deliver continues to be tested by the challenges of promoting the 'brand' of geography in the new National Education Agenda and putting together the jigsaw for the implementation of a National Curriculum for Geography. AGTA continues to meet these challenges with confidence and continues to be seen by others in the education community as an association of high standards and professionalism. Such a reputation is only possible through the support and hard work of all Directors on the AGTA Board and teacher members of affiliates.

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVDAn outstanding collection of teaching resources including spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:

  • articles and resources on 21st century Geography
  • GIS skills development, GIS in Physical Geography and Historical GIS books – course processes and activities with geographical data
  • 21st Century Internet sites
  • technology in the geography classroom articles, internet sites and resources
  • inquiry project design and work samples.

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