Geography Education for Global Understanding

  • Ali Demirci
  • Rafael de Miguel González
  • Sarah Witham Bednarz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Framework for Global Understanding

  3. Geography Education for Global Understanding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Michael Solem, Zhou Weiguo
      Pages 59-69
    3. David Lambert, Nicola Walshe
      Pages 83-96
    4. Caroline Leininger-Frezal, Sophie Gaujal
      Pages 97-111
    5. Niranjan Casinader, Gillian Kidman
      Pages 113-128
  4. Global Understanding in Geography Education Around the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Fabián Araya Palacios, Xosé Manuel Souto González, Sérgio Claudino
      Pages 131-142
    3. Yushan Duan, Fengtao Guo, Lianfei Jiang, Xiaowei Xuan, Xin Miao
      Pages 143-153
    4. Sirpa Tani, Outi Houtsonen, Elina Särkelä
      Pages 155-163
    5. Christo P. van der Westhuizen, Aubrey Golightly
      Pages 173-181
    6. Rafael de Miguel González, Maria Luisa de Lázaro Torres
      Pages 183-192
    7. John Hopkin, Rebecca Kitchen
      Pages 193-203
    8. Osvaldo Muñiz Solari
      Pages 205-213
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Sarah Witham Bednarz, Rafael de Miguel González, Ali Demirci
      Pages 247-252

About this book


This book presents the core concepts of geographical education as a means of understanding global issues from a spatial perspective. It treats education, supported by high standards, approaches, methodologies, and resources, as essential in exploring the interactions of the world’s human and environmental systems at local, regional, and global scales embedded in the nature of the discipline of geography. It covers topics such as climate change, sustainable development goals, geopolitics in an uncertain world, global crisis, and population flows, which are of great interest to geography researchers and social sciences educators who want to explore the complexity of contemporary societies.

Highly respected scholars in geography education answer questions on key topics and explain how global understanding is considered in K-12 education in significant countries around the globe. The book discusses factors such as the Internet, social media, virtual globes and other technological developments that provide insights into and visualization – in real time – of the intensity of relationships between different countries and regions of the earth. It also examines how this does not always lead to empathy with other political, cultural, social and religious values: terrorism threats and armed conflicts are also essential features of the global world. This book opens the dialogue for global understanding as a great opportunity for teachers, educators, scholars and policy makers to better equip students and future citizens to deal with global issues.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ali Demirci
    • 1
  • Rafael de Miguel González
    • 2
  • Sarah Witham Bednarz
    • 3
  1. 1.IGU-Commission on Geographical EducationBüyükçekmece, IstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationUniversity of ZaragozaZaragozaSpain
  3. 3.Department of GeographyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77215-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77216-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-2773
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-2781
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