Developing GeoCapabilities: The Role of Research

  • Richard Bustin


The GeoCapabilities approach has been explored and developed through empirical studies. The curriculum development project ‘Engaging Places’ and the author’s own Master’s research into the teaching of postmodern urban geography sought innovative ways to help pupils engage with environments. This was followed by internationally funded research projects: GeoCapabilities 1 (2012–2013) compared school geographical knowledge requirements between the UK, USA and Finland; GeoCapabilities 2 (2013–2017) developed free web-based teacher training materials about powerful knowledge and capabilities. A third project (from 2018) explored GeoCapabilities and social justice. The author’s own Doctoral research used a case study approach to explore the potential of the capability approach to envision a Future 3 geography curriculum. This research, along with conference presentations and workshops, has developed the concept of GeoCapabilities. Future avenues of research include broadening the empirical base, engaging students, and exploring the capability approach to other subjects.


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  • Richard Bustin
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  1. 1.Worcester ParkUK

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