Spatial Citizenship Education: Citizenship through Geography

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Euikyung E. Shin, Sarah Witham Bednarz
Routledge, Sep 21, 2018 - Education - 194 pages

Spatial Citizenship Education is an innovative exploration of ways to engage and promote citizenship through a deeper understanding of spatial and geographic perspectives. The authors propose that recognizing the relationship between space and citizenry enables productive and positive engagement with important societal issues such as equity, justice, and environmental stewardship. By providing a historical overview of geography’s contribution to citizenship education, including progress made and challenges faced by educational reform movements, this collection shows how geography can contribute to a new type of citizen—one with an enhanced understanding of the world as seen through the key concepts of geography: space, place, scale, power, and human-environment relationships. Through a theoretical explanation of key citizenship ideas, and by providing practical, classroom-based teaching tools, this volume will be essential for geography education researchers and social studies educators alike.


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Conceptualizing Spatial Citizenship
Its Significance for Civic
Geography Capabilities and the Educated Person
The Spatial Production and Navigation of Vulnerable Citizens
Citizenship Education in a Spatially Enhanced World
Collaborative Community Maps
Using Critical Pedagogy of Place
Geotechnologies and the Spatial Citizen
Informed Citizenry Starts in the Preschool and Elementary
Spatial Citizenship in Secondary Geography Curriculum
Spatial Citizenship in GeographySocial Studies Teacher
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Euikyung E. Shin is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois where she teaches curriculum studies and social studies education. Her research interests include incorporation of spatial perspectives for global citizenship education and integration of geospatial technology to social studies curriculum.

Sarah Witham Bednarz is Professor Emerita of Geography at Texas A&M University. Bednarz co-authored the national geography standards, Geography for Life (1994 and 2012), served on the Committee on Spatial Thinking (2004–2006), and co-chaired the Geography Education Research Committee (GERC) of the 21st Century Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education Project.

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