Australia Day Honours: Emeritus Professor Richard Howitt
Emeritus Professor Richard Howitt, will become a member of the Order of Australia for services to education and Indigenous affairs. Richie has been a major force in Australian Geography. After a career as a Primary teacher, Richie had a distinguished academic career at Sydney’s Macquarie University. Congratulations Richie!
>> See the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age for photograph and associated article published on Australia Day 2023.
AGTA Careers website launched
AGTA is delighted to announce that its Careers website Go with Geo is now live. The Careers website provides information on career pathways, geography resources, study and news.
Career pathways includes environmental and economic change, natural hazards, human wellbeing, urban places, regional and rural Australia, coastal and marine environments, Asia-Pacific region and university courses.
Geography resources includes geographer profiles, video resources, digibook, presentations, handouts, posters andcareer brochures.
Study of geography provides students, and their parents/caregivers, with an overview of what is studied in Years 7-12.
News provides notice of upcoming events and initiatives.
Integrating Maps Effectively Into Geography Lessons
AGTA is proud to present this professional learning experience so that you can further your capacity to utilise maps in your lessons, and develop spatial literacy in your students. The Australian Curriculum: Geography suggests that teachers across all year levels show students how maps can help them understand the world.
Teachers in all states and territories can benefit from the materials and sharing activities in this course to build ideas for integrating maps and map skills in a multitude of ways.
This professional development course has been created by highly experienced school teachers and spatial literacy experts Dr Paul Batten and Katerina Stojanovski.
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Note: Members of AGTA State and Territory associations should email email@example.com to obtain the discount code to receive the $99.00 price for the course.
AGTA Conference 2022
The AGTA 2022 Conference held in in Hobart has concluded.
Workshop presentations will be available from this website shortly.
Sincere thanks to the organisers, keynote speakers, workshop presenters and fieldwork leaders.
All enquiries should be sent by email to AGTA2021@gmail.com.
National Summit on Teaching Out-of-field (TOOF)
The National Summit on Teaching Out-of-field (TOOF) was attended by academics, school leaders, classroom teachers across various career stages, representatives from curriculum authorities, and representatives from professional associations. The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) was represented by Trish Douglas (Immediate Past Chair) and Dr Susan Caldis, (Chair).
The report titled Australian National Summit on Teaching Out-of-Field: Synthesis and Recommendations for Policy, Practice and Research is one outcome of the national summit. There are two parts to the report. Part A synthesises contributions to the Summit into key messages, actions and recommendations across five themes. Part B provides summaries of the presentations.
In response to contributions from Trish Douglas and Dr Susan Caldis, the complexities associated with out-of-field teaching in Geography are specifically explored and addressed within Theme 2 School Management and Leadership, Theme 3 Initial Teacher Education, and Theme 5, Teacher Professional Learning. A total of 22 Actions and 46 Recommendations to inform policy, practice and research have been further distilled to five Key Messages, namely definition, measurement, strategy, policy and collaboration.
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>> Report: Part A
>> Presentation Summaries: Part B
>> Actions and recommendations