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Education outside the University - schools, outreach and the public: Geography and Anthropology in Conversation

Convenors:
Emma Ford (Royal Anthropological Institute / IUAES Commission on Anthropology and Education)
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Education
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Short abstract:

In which contexts are geography and anthropology taught and learned outside the university? From local examples to international networks, we will explore past, present and potential future possibilities for these subjects in formal, informal and public education.

Long abstract:

In which contexts are geography and anthropology taught and learned in outside the university, and how did it come to be this way? From local examples to international networks, we will explore past, present and potential future possibilities for these subjects in formal, informal and public education. We warmly invite papers from geographers, anthropologists, interdisciplinary researchers, educators, learners and educational communicators. Papers could focus on geography and anthropology as they are taught in schools; what teaching and learning methods are used? What role does fieldwork play? What pre-university qualifications exist and how are common themes (such as development, globalisation, power, inequality, health and the environment) explored? What skills do school students of geography and anthropology develop? To what extent does studying geography or anthropology foster internationally mindedness, cultural awareness and environmental consciousness? Who decides the type of anthropology or geography we teach (and the values within this)? Papers could also explore teacher-training pathways, and the extent to which school teachers and university lecturers communicate about pedagogy and course content. Seen as a whole, how closely connected are the realms of pre-university, university, careers and lifelong learning for each subject? How prominent are subject experts in the media? Do specialists regularly write for public audiences? How has the public's awareness and understanding of these disciplines developed? What opportunities exist for the general public to learn about anthropology and geography? In the field of educational research, what findings come from geographical and anthropological studies of education? What happens when researchers and educators collaborate?

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