The 2017 EUROGEO Annual Meeting and Conference was organised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 2-3 March 2017.
Key challenges for geographical education
2 – 3 March 2017
Call for abstracts
Geographical education is facing many challenges at schools and in higher education. The purpose of EUROGEO 2017 is to examine some of these issues and their possible responses.
You are invited to submit presentation, poster and workshop abstracts and details of sessions for the event. Sessions should include the names of registered speakers who will attend.
Universities are increasingly operating in a global market and geography as a discipline can offer students the potential of a global outlook. The Bologna Process and the European Higher Education Area sought to improve the quality of learning and teaching and increase the transparency of courses and qualifications. It is now time to take stock of these developments and explore developments that approach European and international contexts.
Higher education contributions to EUROGEO 2017 might seek to examine a number of important questions, such as:
- How has student expectations changed in terms of academic quality, employability or the opportunities they are offered?
- What strategies are being applied in departments and on courses?
- How is success being measured?
- How are academics and researchers responding to more flexible demands being placed on them concerning teaching and research?
- What innovations in teaching and learning are taking place and are they being implemented / scaled up?
- In what ways are new technologies transforming the learning, teaching and research experience?
- How are green campus and other initiatives developing?
School geography has suffered over the years as curricula shifts constantly take place. Geography is continually being challenged to demonstrate its relevance and worth. A number of projects have sought to increase access to Powerful Geography and present educators and policy makers for a clear rationale for the subject.
In August 2016, the Commission on Geographical Education of the International Geographical Union presented its Charter for geographical education. It specifically seeks to address policy makers, leaders and curriculum planners. It confirms that geographical education is neglected in some parts of the world, and lacks structure and support in others. The Charter highlights the need for research in geographical education and international cooperation between those working in geographical education. Contributions might address the Charter and provide responses to the proposed Action Plan as well as examining the specific challenges facing teachers and educators in school and college environments.
EUROGEO 2017 will aim to address cross-cutting issues such as:
- How does geographical education respond to needs of society and the world around us?
- Does geographical education give young people the necessary tools they need to think spatially?
- How do new technologies and open access to data help engage youngsters?
- How should education respond to the ever-increasing importance of geographic information?
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- early years geography education
- geography in primary school
- high school developments
- curriculum development and change
- university level teaching and learning
- innovation and change
- the use of new technologies
- employability and careers
To participate please submit your abstract or organized session. You will receive confirmation of a successful submission, and then notification whether your proposed abstract / session / workshop has been accepted.