Geografie 2000, 105, 177-189

Training Geography Educators

Alois Hynek

Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlářská 2, 611 37 Brno, Czechia

Czech didactics of geography (teaching/learning geography) has just started its fifth wave in training geography educators at eight university faculties. The current debate is on developing a curriculum emphasizing the position of geography education as the applied discipline of the science/art of geography. 'Challenge for 10 million' is a national debate on the Czech educational system organized by the governmental Dept. of Schools, Youth and Physical Culture, being very critical to teaching geography at primary and secondary schools. That is the reason for the strong re-assessment of social, environmental/ecological, economic, cultural and political relevance on the subject of geography in the educational process. This discourse is also intended for international communication starting in the educational commission of IGUIUGI.