The Geography course at Brisbane Grammar School provides students with opportunities for critical thinking and for developing understanding of the complex issues that concern us all as citizens of the local, national and global communities. Through the study of Geography, students come to recognise and understand how natural processes and human activities shape our world. Geographical studies essentially focus on examining why things are located where they are and how this then influences human development.
The curriculum is approached via the following key questions:
What and where are the issues or patterns being studied?
How and why are they there?
What are their impacts or consequences?
What is being and could be done?
In dealing with such questions, students employ a wide range of data as the basis of their studies. Increasingly the sources of data include electronic sources and interactive learning opportunities with visiting specialists. Students also develop important skills in using maps, satellite imagery and databases.
The Geography Department aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire a variety of core skills, accessed through a range of media, including:
Collecting, analysing and synthesising information
Research, thinking and organisational skills
Communicating ideas and information orally and through writing
Problem solving and decision making skills.
Learning in Geography takes place in a variety of settings, including the classroom, library, school grounds, local community and field study excursions. Field work is especially important in Geography because it enables students to develop essential skills to investigate environments first hand.
The Acting Head of Geography is Ms Sophie Plunkett
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