© 2002

Geography, Culture and Education

  • Rod Gerber
  • Michael Williams

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 71)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xiii-xiii
    2. Rod Gerber, Michael Williams
      Pages 1-10
  3. Geography and Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Wayne Davies, Mary Gilmartin
      Pages 13-30
    3. Gwyn Edwards
      Pages 31-40
    4. Sue Buzer
      Pages 41-50
  4. Geography and Citizenship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Margaret Robertson
      Pages 77-91
    3. David Lambert
      Pages 93-103
    4. Manuela Malheiro Ferreira
      Pages 115-125
    5. Joseph Stoltman, Lisa DeChano
      Pages 127-144
    6. Dooil Kim
      Pages 145-156
  5. Pedagogic Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Jeffrey Lash, Pamela Wridt
      Pages 159-168

About this book


An important challenge for our world is to understand how cultural understanding and geographical education can be linked and used to improve the global society. We readily accept that our world is constituted by numerous groups of people who are organised by committees, tribes, regions, nations or continental entities. How these groups interact, show concern for each others' well-being and progress is still an unpredictable activity. Intercultural tensions, racial conflicts and religious clashes have all led to the challenges for enacting a constructive world. Fundamental perspectives challenge moderate ones, and the resulting tensions produce elements of fear, doubt and distrust. The extremist views of terrorist groups exaggerate these tensions to the extent that some different cultural groups do not prefer to live in peace with their neighbours. Deep-seated intercultural tensions predominate over peaceful co-existence. Such challenges may easily dominate the interaction between racial groups, tribes, indigenous peoples and colonisers. However, we know that through the sound practice of intercultural understanding, cultural groups in different contexts around the world can interact and co-exist successfully and productively. In fact, they can work together to seek to improve their society. This does not mean that one group will dominate the other. Rather, it means that both groups work together to improve their collective lives. Education has played an important role in the long-term achievement of such harmony. This volume has been developed to demonstrate that geographical education can be a potent force in the development of cultural understanding in different societies.


conflict management culture education learning lifelong learning science

Editors and affiliations

  • Rod Gerber
    • 1
  • Michael Williams
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Health and Professional StudiesUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.University of Wales SwanseaReynoldston, SwanseaUK

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