Professional standards for teaching school geography

The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) played a leading role in the development of Professional Standards for Accomplished Teaching School Geography (5.4MB PDF) during 2007–2009. During this period AGTA was a partner with the University of Melbourne, Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV) in funding this major project. This project was also partly funded through an Australian Research Council Linkages grant.

The standards were developed from:

  • video footage of ten accomplished geography teachers in government and non-government schools in three states;
  • project website online survey which gathered responses to questions concerning the lesson videotapes of the teachers;
  • 17 panel meetings in five states;
  • summary of responses from the meetings, the online survey and written responses.

The writers and facilitators for the standards were:
Dr Dianne Mulcahy – monicadm@unimelb.edu.au
Jeana Kriewaldt – jeana@unimelb.edu.au
Nick Hutchinson – nhut1001@bigpond.net.au
Roger Smith – rogersmith@hotkey.net.au

Australian professional standards for teachers

During 2011-2012 AGTA was funded by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) to develop the following Illustrations of Practice.

Sustainable cities: Outlines a series of lessons that incorporate a fieldwork trip that enables students to make field observations that are described and recorded in text, numerical and audio-visual format; organise, interpret, present and analyse the data; and evaluate current situations to develop proposals for sustainable futures. The teacher develops strategies that enable students to empathise with others and to relate understanding of local areas to regional and global scales.

The three Illustrations of Practice were prepared by Rob Berry and Roger Smith.