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Fault lines emerge in plan for geography and history GCSE

Discussion in 'Geography' started by gailrobinson, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. A rift has opened up between rival camps of geographers over
    contentious plans to create a new combined history and geography GCSE to
    meet the English Baccalaureate (EBac) requirements.
    In order to
    receive an EBac, students are required to obtain a GCSE or IGCSE in
    either history or geography, as well as English, maths, two sciences and
    a foreign language.
    Fearing that schools will force students to
    choose between the humanities subjects and not give them the opportunity
    to take both, the Geographical Association (GA) and the Better History
    Group think-tank have joined forces to propose the combined GCSE.
    But
    the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), the professional body for
    geographers, believes the joint GCSE amounts to "substantially watering
    down" both subjects.

    What's your take on this - do you agree with the RGS?
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  2. They are allowed to take 1/3 (or 2/3 or 1) of biology, physics and chemistry though already...
     
  3. That's hardly a reason to spread other subjects more thinly.
     
  4. Belthazor

    Belthazor New commenter

    Would we then end up with Geography teachers teaching outside their specialism (i.e. History), and vice versa?
     
  5. Would you regard that as a problem at GCSE level?
     
  6. Belthazor

    Belthazor New commenter

    Maybe not problematic, but definately far from ideal. Even though Geography and History may both be "Humanity" subjects, in my opinion they are massively different in the content, skills and knowledge from each other - and it is much better to have a subject specialist teaching them who has the background knowledge, and the appropriate training to teach the correct subject properly.
     
  7. Can be difficult to compete the history brand of Black negative history,recent filmed wars, and hitler. Very few history departments will be promoting their subject via the tudors.Does geography have to sex its self up, and may be steal back some of the topics pilfered by citizenship.
     
  8. I agree. I'm American, and I actually got more choices as I went further in my education, rather than fewer. However, in most American schools, the humanities are all grouped together into one subject which is usually known as 'social studies.' I never actually had a pure geography lesson at school... in fact not until I chose to study it in university! I love teaching geography, and I really enjoy linking with the other subjects in areas where they cross-over, but I wouldn't like to be forced to teach another subject.
    I think it is very important to have a breadth as well as depth to one's educational experience, so I also agree with the earlier comment that some geography is better than no geography. I think the best solution would be for the GCSE to be modular, so there would be perhaps one module in pure geography, one in pure history, (perhaps even one in RE as well) and one which perhaps integrates the two in a problem-solving, research or decision-making exercise.
     

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