Teaching About Geographical Thinking
Teachers wanting to engage students in geographical thinking through critical inquiry will
find this book a very welcome resource. It provides a solid framework of concepts, examples,
and questions that clearly develop what critical inquiry means in geographical problem-solving.
Teaching About Geographical Thinking is organized around six interrelated concepts central
to geographical problem-solving:
• geographical importance,
• evidence and interpretation,
• patterns and trends,
• interactions and associations,
• sense of place,
• geographical value judgments.
Each concept is discussed and illustrated with examples, questions, and criteria to guide the
interrogation and assessment of geographic problems. Most of the examples draw upon current
and pressing geographic problems in Canada. The examples are followed by concise discussions
of the portal concept’s key dimensions, and suggestions for practical teaching applications
across the curriculum.
Jointly published by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and The
Critical Thinking Consortium.
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