Principles that should underpin any curriculum work which seeks to integrate Geography and the Global Dimension

A geographical understanding of the world (places and spaces and people’s relationship with them) supports a greater understanding of global issues / key concepts (interdependence, human rights, values & perceptions, global citizenship, social justice, diversity, sustainability, conflict resolution).

  • The Danger of a Single Story: teachers need to be aware of the limitations of their own perspective on issues, places and people; to broaden and deepen their own and pupils’ understanding and challenge assumptions, prejudice and discrimination. 
  • The Global in the Local: recognise the global context of our local lives.
  • Recognise the interconnectedness of people, places and spaces locally and globally
  • Here as well as there: we need to ask the same questions in our own locality / country as in other localities across the world.  Understanding their own locality helps children to understand distant ones (e.g. look at local forests when studying rainforests).

Some principles drawn from Year 2 of the project

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