Geographer awarded Order of Australia (AM) in Queen's Birthday Day Honours
Associate Professor Alaric Maude has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Queen's Birthday honours. The AGTA Board congratulates Alaric on receiving this award which recognises his significant service to education in the field of Geography as an academic, researcher, author, and mentor. Alaric made a notable contribution to the development of the Australian Curriculum: Geography as a Lead Writer and Writing Coach. He has authored an impressive list of peer reviewed papers and numerous books as well as having provided presentations at national and State Geography conferences.
AGTA Announces an essential new Geography resource
Geography Literacy Unlocked has been written for secondary geography students seeking to improve their literacy skills. It includes a focus on written, visual and oral literacy.
Geography Literacy Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by Dr Grant Kleeman. One of Australia’s leading geography educators.
AGTA 2017 Conference
The AGTA 2017 conference was held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.
>> Conference presentations: Support materials from keynote speakers, workshop presenters and field trip leaders are available for download.
Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia
The February 2017 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include
The latest issue of Geographical Education Volume 29, 2016 includes
Geography Skills Unlocked
Geography Skills Unlocked is a skills book for Australian secondary schools.
Geography Skills Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by a team of experienced Geography teachers.
Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD
An outstanding collection of teaching resources including spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:
The 2015 AGTA Roadshow
Interpreting and implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography / New NSW K–10 Geography Syllabus for ACT and NSW teachers professional learning days were held during November 2015. The speakers' presentations can be accessed below.
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.
Evidence for learning and feedback resources
Effective feedback practice is shown to increase student progress by as much as an extra eight months over a year. AITSL in partnership with Evidence for Learning have developed new materials to support teachers and school leaders to enhance feedback practices with students in their context.
The resources draw upon global evidence and research-based approaches, including from AITSL’s own Board Chair and world-renowned education researcher, Professor John Hattie. The suite of materials is free to access from the AITSL website and includes the following:
- A spotlight research summary – Reframing feedback to improve teaching and learning – to describe the underpinning research on effective feedback.
- Written and video case studies that profile effective implementation of feedback within Australian schools.
- Implementation resources, such as a readiness check, planning overview and an introductory presentation, to help schools introduce an effective feedback strategy.
Resource for Urban Geography
A new, internet-based, resource for Geography has been launched by Lend Lease (developers of Barangaroo South – part of Australia's largest urban renewal project). The attached flyer highlights the site's features. The highly interactive material has been developed specifically for the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Geography (and the existing NSW Geography Syllabus – Stages 4-6).
Concepts addressed include urban decline and renewal, urban consolidation, the dynamics of technological, economic and social and demographic change, and environmental and social sustainability. The site includes links to activity sheets, virtual fieldwork activities and teacher support materials.
You can access the site at: http://discoverbarangaroo.com.au/login. Once you login (as a teacher) you can access the teacher support materials. The worksheets can be accessed from the site itself. Further information is available from Alisa.Hitchcock@lendlease.com.
CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit
CARE Australia has developed a website which provides teachers with resources on a range of issues related to poverty and inequality. Topics include global poverty, education, health, women's empowerment, water and hygiene, food and nutrition, climate change and responding to emergencies.
Each topic includes teaching tools such as fast facts, videos, and stories designed to spark curiosity and enhance classroom discussion.
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.
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."
Putting together the national jigsaw for geography
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.
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.
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