Teaching the history of geography: Current challenges and future directions

Innes M. Keighren, Jeremy W. Crampton, Franklin Ginn, Scott Kirsch, Audrey Kobayashi, Simon Naylor, Jörn Seemann

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Drawing upon the personal reflections of geographical educators in Brazil, Canada, the UK, and the US, this Forum provides a state-of-the-discipline review of teaching in the history of geography; identifies the practical and pedagogical challenges associated with that teaching; and offers suggestions and provocations as to future innovation. The Forum shows how teaching in the history of geography is valued—as a tool of identity making, as a device for cohort building and professionalization, and as a means of interrogating the disciplinary present—but also how it is challenged by neoliberal educational policies, competing priorities in curriculum design, and sub-disciplinary divisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245–262
Number of pages18
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number2
Early online date16 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


  • curriculum design
  • disciplinarity
  • history of geography
  • pedagogy
  • teaching

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