Internationalizing Geography Education: A Focus on India
Journal of Geography in Higher Education Volume 38, Number 1, ISSN 0309-8265
The Association of American Geographers (AAG), through its Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE) project, recently published a collection of online educational resources examining important geographic issues affecting people, places, and environments in India. The resources were created by a delegation of high school teachers and academic geographers participating in a workshop held from 12 March 2012 to 16 March 2012 in Bangalore, India, under the local auspices of The Indian Institute for Geographical Studies (TIIGS). Teachers in India are in dire need of capacity-building in both content and pedagogy. School administrations and the Indian state consistently have looked at the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) and mathematics as "core subjects" marginalizing social sciences, the aegis under which geography is taught. The CGGE workshop has opened many avenues of thought to take the online materials and make them available in print format, in English and Indian languages to increase a more rigorous engagement with the world through geography. Furthermore, by collaborating across boundaries, geography education in all the CGGE participants can benefit from adding the Indian context and case to their repertoire.
Solem, M. & Balachandran, C.S. (2014). Internationalizing Geography Education: A Focus on India. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 38(1), 7-16.