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Introduction to Geo-Education

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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 Objectives

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.