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Thursday, May 07, 2009

A night out in London ?

If you are in London on the evening of the 23rd of June, you may want to get yourself over to the Institute of Education to catch David Lambert's professorial lecture.

‘Geography in Education: lost in the post?’

Tuesday 23rd June 2009

5.30pm for 6pm start

Jeffery Hall, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Some say we live in postmodern times. Partly connected to this, a number of schools seem to be embracing a post-disciplinary approach to the curriculum. Geography

itself has fragmented, is struggling for its identity and is arguably lost ­- in the ‘post’. I will not dwell for long on this argument. On the contrary, I will argue that contemporary

geography is a school subject of great significance and has a lot to offer children and young people growing up in a confusing, rapidly changing and dangerous world. Well prepared teachers can use this subject in a way that contributes to both their own and their students’ ‘capabilities’. My main argument is that geography is re-emerging as a subject discipline for its times, both in academia and in the public realm. My lecture will explore this, and the importance of a ‘capability’ approach.

I shall draw critically on the Geographical Association’s

‘manifesto’ for school geography: A different view.

The event includes free tea and biscuits before the lecture (Crush Hall; level 1) and a free wine reception afterwards.

There is no admission charge for the event but, for catering purposes, please book a place with Elaine Peck - telephone 020 7612 6556 or e-mail e.peck@ioe.ac.uk

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