Teacher Education and Geography: Research Perspectives




Kerr, Stacey
Jo, Injeong
Collins, Larianne
Monroe-Ossi, Heather
Ray, Waverly
Whitcraft, Alyssa
Solem, Michael
Stoltman, Joseph P.

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


The Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education suggests that geography education can be improved through better teacher preparation practices. Thus, this paper explores the opportunities for high-quality research about geography teacher education. After a review of recent literature in geography teacher education, we examine the gaps between research in geography and teacher education, and identify five areas for future research agendas - geography teacher preparation practices, teacher dispositions towards the subject of geography, geography education's role in integrated curricula, geography education's role in STEM, and geography teacher education and the College, Career, and Civic Life ( C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Finally, we offer suggestions for opening up a conversation between geographers, teacher educators, and geography educators that can lead to a coordinated and collaborative research agenda for improving geography teacher education together.



geography, teacher education, pre-service teachers, geography education, geography teacher education, teacher dispositions, STEM, social studies, College, Career, and Civic Life (C3)


Kerr, S., Jo, I., Collins, L., Monroe-Ossi, H., Ray, W., Whitcraft, A., Solem, M., & Stoltman, J.P. (2013). Teacher education and geography: Research perspectives. Research in Geographic Education, 15(2), pp. 44-58.


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