Teaching Geography between traditional and modern
Geography is one of the most important mean of promoting individual education substantially
contributing to environmental education and sustainable development education. Research and
teaching have had ever been tightly linked together. Scientific wise, Geography takes interest in
researching a variety of specific human and spatial aspects both theoretically and applied.
Teaching wise, geography contributes to educate and help develop abilities to youth and school
pupils. The depth of phenomena knowledge, geographic processes and the teaching – learning
trends cannot be achieved without educating thinking, modelling of observation ability,
complexity scaling, analysing the relevant components for the fundamental features of this field.
a. Didactic Strategies and Curricula
This section addresses to geography teachers interested in disseminating the didactic experience
also in to building and perfecting the didactic methods and techniques used within the teaching
and learning process. This approach is connected to the fact that inside the educational practice
there is such a tight link and inter conditioning between knowledge – attitude – believes and
behaviour that they form a unity. Knowledge taught in schools it is meant to contribute not only
to help school pupils to build scientific concepts but also to develop systematic thinking. Hence
the need to level geography teacher’s teaching requests to the learning abilities of school pupils
and adapting these to the school activity. All these need to be positioned on the axis of
alternating traditional teaching – assessing methods with the complementary ones.
b. Geography Education Management
This section aims at facilitating a real experience exchange between teachers who are also
project managers by presenting techniques and models for developing efficient project
management tools. In the context of the new realities of Romanian education, this initiative aims
to promote the image of Romanian education, ensuring and raising quality in education as well
as methods of establishing partnerships with the local community in order to align Romanian
education to the European standards. Educational projects developed in schools are useful for the
institution as well as for the teachers and the students by raising the quality of the didactic
actions, enriching general knowledge and also by answering the students’ need of feeling good
together and seeing new things, through cooperation, developing their curiosity, developing their
capacity of investigation and research as well their observation skills and stimulating their love
and respect for the environment.