National Geographic has adopted the term geo-education to describe the in-school and out-of-school learning experiences where students learn about how the world works.
Facets of a Geo-Education
A well-rounded geo-education provides young people with the knowledge of how the human and natural worlds work at local, regional and global scales. A geo-education also teaches young people to use different perspectives to understand the world.
Geo-education provides learners with a combination of the following understanding, attitudes, and abilities that they will need throughout their lives.
- Understanding of how our world’s social, physical, and living systems function and interact.
- Knowledge of specific cultures; political, technological, and economic systems; ecosystems and physical systems.
- Appreciation for the perspectives of other cultures and for our world’s cultural and natural resources.
- Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across cultural and geographic boundaries.
- Ability to analyze situations using multiple disciplinary perspectives.
- Ability to reason about consequences of actions.
Geo-education is not something that is new. Anyone who helps their students reach these objectives is a geo-educator.
Connect, share, and learn from other geo-educators at National Geographic’s new community for geo-educators. Learn more here.