Australian Geography Competition
The Competition is open to students in all Years of secondary school. Primary schools may also enter, and teachers should check the past questions for level of difficulty. To be eligible for major prizes, students must be studying geography (or an integrated social science that includes geography).
In 2021, the Competition will be held in schools between Thursday 18 March and Wednesday 31 March 2021. It consists of multiple-choice questions testing geographical knowledge and skills. The answer sheets are centrally marked and all participants receive results and certificates (Top 1% in Australia, high distinction, distinction, credit or participation). Students will be graded at school year levels – Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, and Year 12.
The Competition is a joint initiative of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers' Association.
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AGTA Conference 2021
Plan ahead for an amazing national conference you will not want to miss!
The next AGTA Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Hobart, Tasmania. With so many opportunities for pre- and post-conference activities this destination will be sure to attract many attendees from all parts of Australia and beyond.
Key dates to record are Wednesday 29 September to Friday 1 October 2021.
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>> Expressions of interest for workshop and field trip presenters now closed.
>> Sponsorship details now available
If you have any queries regarding the application process please email AGTA2021@gmail.com.
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Online Professional Learning
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. The last year has seen an exciting expansion of course offerings to support new and experienced Geography teachers:
>> For more information contact the GTANSW & ACT Online Learning Coordinator
Geographical Education: The Innovative Geography Educator
The contents of Geographical Education Volume 33, 2020 include
- Cross-Curriculum Priorities and Geography — Dr Peta Salter and Dr Jacinta Maxwell
- Introduction to the Australian Curriculum Sustainability Cross-Curriculum Priority — Dr Allen Hill, Dr Sherridan Emery and Dr Janet Dyment
- Realising the Sustainability Cross-Curriculum Priority Through Action-Oriented and Transformative Geography Education — Reece Mills and Louisa Tomas
- Some Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities of the CCP Asia and Australia's Engagement With Asia in the Australian Curriculum — Dr Deborah Henderson
- Space Given Meaning by Deep and Abiding Attachment to Gweagal Country and the Grid-Like Space of Lieutenant James Cook — Nick Hutchinson
- Book Reviews
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Geography: 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."
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A national symposium for Geography and STEM
AGTA is proud to be a joint supporter of a national symposium for Geography and STEM.
The visibility of Geography in the STEM field and its contribution to STEM education. The symposium is part of an actioned response to a recommendation in the strategic plan Geography: Shaping Australia’s Future (National Committee for Geographical Sciences, 2018). The symposium co-chairs are Dr Grant Kleeman and Susan Caldis; panel presenters include Dr Karen Joyce, Kimberley Parnis, Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Dr Kate Selway and Professor Michael Solem.
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The national symposium is proudly sponsored by the following professional associations:
• Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA);
• Geographical Society of NSW (GSNSW); and
• Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG).
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.
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Geography Fieldwork Unlocked
Geography Fieldwork Unlocked features 34 inquiry-based fieldwork activities developed by a team of experienced Geography educators.
- 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.
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Geography Skills Unlocked — Revised edition
Geography Skills Unlocked (Revised Edition) is a skills book for Australian secondary schools.
- 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.
$39.95 each + postage
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>> Download Answers to Geography Skills Unlocked Questions (81.2MB PDF)
Geography Literacy Unlocked
Geography 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.
- 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
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