AGTA Careers website launched

Go with GeoAGTA 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

Online LearningAGTA 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.

>> Further details
>> Enquiries and help
>> Join the course now
Note: Members of AGTA State and Territory associations should email agta.elearning@gmail.com to obtain the discount code to receive the $99.00 price for the course.


AGTA Conference 2022

HobartThe 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)

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.

Report downloads
>> Executive summary
>> Report: Part A
>> Presentation Summaries: Part B
>> Actions and recommendations

Geographia September 2022

Geographia December 2021The September 2022 issue of AGTA's Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • Report from the AGTA Chair
  • The legacy of Dr Don Biddle
  • 2022 Geography’s Big Week Out
  • PRIMARY GEOGRAPHY In Australia - Directions and Discussions
  • AGTA Careers website launched
  • 2022 International Geography Olympiad
  • AGTA22
  • Affiliates Reports: NT • NSW/ACT • QLD • SA • TAS • VIC • WA
  • 2022 Calendar

Geographical Education: How can STEM be enhanced by geography?

Geographical EducationThe contents of Geographical Education Volume 34, 2021 include

  • Editorial: How can STEM be enhanced by geography? — Terri Bourke & Susan Caldis
  • Recognising Geography As a Partial Stem Subject: The Journey So Far — Susan Caldis & Dr Grant Kleeman
  • GeoSTEM: “The Urban Mess” Interdisciplinary Learning in a Project-based Learning High School Environment — Kimberley Parnis & Adam L. Hendry
  • STEM in Geography Education – an Earth Science Perspective — Dr Kate Selway
  • Making It Happen: An Experience of Using Earth Observation-Based Research Outputs for Engaging High School Students in Novel Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture — Bronwyn L. Teece, Graciela Metternicht, Antonio Gnassi, Francesco Vuolo & Oscar Rosario Belfiore
  • Book Reviews

>> Download individual articles

Geography: Shaping Australia’s futureGeography:  Shaping Australia’s Future

Geography: Shaping Australia’s future was prepared by the National Committee for Geographical Sciences and presents the state of play of geography as a discipline in Australia. It provides a unified vision for Australian geography over the next decade.

The plan offers a framework for engaging research, teaching and industry that aligns strategically with contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges of our region.

A key recommendation of the decadal plan is "... that the Australian governments at all levels better understand how geography as a discipline enhances complex, multi-sectoral policy decisions by integrating knowledge across natural and built environments, society and the humanities through its unique perspectives of space, place and the environment."

>> Download decadal plan summary :: Download the decadal plan


News, resources and support from member associations

GTANSW

Geography posters — Updated

GTANSW & ACT have developed infographic posters and careers flyers for teachers to use in their Geography classrooms.

These posters have been produced to cover Australian Curriculum topics and are relevant Australia wide. These can be purchased as sets or as individual posters. The careers flyers are sold in sets of five.

>> Further details — updated 2022 listing

Online Professional Learning

GTANSW Professional Learning Package

GTANSW & ACT is continuing to offer its acclaimed online learning opportunities through the Open Learning platform. These flexible, anywhere, anytime courses are NESA-accredited for 3-5 hours.

>> For more information contact the GTANSW & ACT Online Learning Coordinator
>> Website listing

GTASA

Sampson Flat Bushfire Kit

The Sampson Flat Bushfire Kit has been developed for SACE Stage 1 Natural Hazards unit. The kit focuses on mapping skill development, along with other geographical and inquiry skills through the exploration of a case study of the 2015 Sampson Flat bushfires.

The kit includes:

  • 20 copies of a coloured broadsheet
  • Prewritten activities

>> Further details

GTAV

GTAV Fieldwork Series

The GTAV has produced a series of booklets covering a range of fieldwork activities, presented so that teachers can adapt tasks to locations and to their school's curriculum needs.

These fieldwork resources link to the AGTA textbook, Geography Fieldwork Unlocked.

>> Purchase

Bushfires - Lessons for the Primary Classroom

This Level 5 - 6 resource has been designed to help you teach the topic of bushfire in your classroom. It is made up of the following:

  • Teacher’s notes
  • Power Point presentation
  • Activities
  • Case studies

>> Download resources

GAWA

WA ATAR Geography: Units 1 & 2WA ATAR Geography: Units 1 & 2 (Second Edition) has been written to address the geographical knowledge and understandings of the revised Western Australian Geography ATAR Course, Year 11 Syllabus introduced from 2022. This second edition has been significantly rewritten, reformatted, reorganised and updated from the first edition published in 2018.

Chapters are divided into sections, each related to a specific syllabus content description statement(s). Throughout the text, a variety of graphics, images, maps and photographs are used to illustrate content and at the end of each section, a set of student Activities/Questions is provided to assist in the reinforcement of the syllabus content and student learning.  An extensive Glossary of key geographical terms and other content concepts, together with an Index are provided at the end of the book.

>> Cost: GAWA Members $63.00 :: Non-members $70.00
>> Order form for GAWA members
>> Order form for non-members

GAWA ATAR Geography Units 3 & 4WA ATAR Geography: Units 3 & 4 (Third Edition) has been written to address the geographical knowledge, understandings and skills of the revised Western Australian Geography ATAR Course, Year 12 Syllabus introduced from 2023. This third edition has been significantly rewritten, reformatted, reorganised and updated from the second edition published in 2016.

Chapters are divided into sections, each related to a specific syllabus content description statement(s). Throughout the text, a variety of graphics, images, maps and photographs are used to illustrate content and at the end of each section, a set of student Activities/Questions is provided to assist in the reinforcement of the syllabus content and student learning. A variety of GeoSkills activites are also provided with each chapter to address the skills component of the syllabus.  An extensive Glossary of key geographical terms and other content concepts, together with an Index are provided at the end of the book. 

WA ATAR Geography: Units 3 & 4 (Third Edition) has been written to address the geographical knowledge, understandings and skills of the revised Western Australian Geography ATAR Course, Year 12 Syllabus introduced from 2023. This third edition has been significantly rewritten, reformatted, reorganised and updated from the second edition published in 2016.

Chapters are divided into sections, each related to a specific syllabus content description statement(s). Throughout the text, a variety of graphics, images, maps and photographs are used to illustrate content and at the end of each section, a set of student Activities/Questions is provided to assist in the reinforcement of the syllabus content and student learning. A variety of GeoSkills activites are also provided with each chapter to address the skills component of the syllabus. An extensive Glossary of key geographical terms and other content concepts, together with an Index are provided at the end of the book.

>> Cost: GAWA Members $63.00 :: Non-members $70.00
>> Order form available when published in October 2022

AGTA publications

Pre-service Geography Teacher Starter Pack

The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) offers pre-service Geography teachers the opportunity to access three essential teaching resources at a considerable discount on their recommended retail price.

All three resources (Geography Fieldwork Unlocked, Geography Skills Unlocked-revised edition and Geography Literacy Unlocked) are available for the heavily discounted price $115.00.

>> Further details
>> To Order – Email: gta.admin@ptc.nsw.edu.au or Phone: 02 9716 0378

Geography Fieldwork Unlocked

Geography Fieldwork UnlockedGeography Fieldwork Unlocked features 34 inquiry-based fieldwork activities developed by a team of experienced Geography educators.

Key features:

  • Section 1 of the book introduces the reader to inquiry-based fieldwork. It provides guidance in developing fieldwork action plans, research methodologies, and data collection tools and approaches as well as guidance on the presentation and communication of fieldwork findings.
  • Section 2 features nine fieldwork activities for primary students (Years F/K–6). Each of these activities has been designed to develop students’ conceptual understanding and the skills associated with inquiry-based learning.
  • Section 3 showcases 25 fieldwork activities aligned to the topics studied by students in Years 7–10.
  • Each fieldwork activity is framed by one or more inquiry questions. They also feature: a statement of expected learning; a list of the equipment needed to successfully complete each fieldwork activity; a short introduction; background information that contextualises student learning; pre-fieldwork activities; and detailed step-by-step instructions on how to complete each fieldwork task.

Cost: $59.95
>> Submit order

Geography Skills Unlocked — Second edition

Geography Skills Unlocked The very popular Geography Skills Unlocked has received its second revision. The revision includes an update of the statistics used throughout the book.

Key features:

  • Contents aligned to the inquiry and skills-based requirements of Australian Curriculum: Geography
  • An engaging, easy to navigate design
  • A student friendly approach with step-by-step explanations, descriptions and worked examples
  • A focus on emerging technologies used to gather, analyse and present geographical data
  • GeoSkills and GeoInquiry activities that scaffold student learning
  • A wealth of stimulus material including a diverse range of maps, graphs, aerial photographs, satellite images, diagrams and photographs
  • Examples drawn from each Australian state and territory with additional international material
  • Key terms explained in embedded glossary boxes

Geography Skills Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by a team of experienced Geography teachers.

Cost: $39.95 each + postage

>> Submit order

>> Download Answers to Geography Skills Unlocked Questions (81.2MB PDF)

Geography Literacy Unlocked

Geography Literacy UnlockedGeography 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.

Key features:

  • An engaging, easy-to-navigate design
  • A student-friendly approach featuring step-by-step explanations and annotated exemplars
  • A focus on the basics of effective written communication – spelling, punctuation, tense and the use of connectives
  • Descriptions of the principal text types used in geography, supported by annotated examples
  • Guidance for writers in quoting, paraphrasing, summarising and referencing the work of others
  • A focus on the responsible use of social media
  • A comprehensive coverage of the principal forms of visual and oral texts students encounter in geography
  • Templates or scaffolds to support the interpretative skills students are expected to demonstrate.

Cost: $29.95 each + postage

>> Submit order

Other resources

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 summaryReframing 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.

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."

>> Read the article in the Sydney Morning Hearld based on a media release from AGTA Patron, Tim Costello

CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit

CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s ToolkitCARE 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.

>> View CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit website

Australian Alliance of Associations in EducationThe Australian Geography Teachers Association is a member of Australian Alliance of Associations in Education