Geografie 2003, 108, 146-163

Geographic skills, their specifications and categorization

Dana Řezníčková

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

A large reform of educational system has been in course these last years in the Czech Republic. New pedagogical documents are being prepared to help to carry out changes in the general education in the context of the national strategy approved by the Government (White Book 2001). Pedagogical documents are formulated in a relatively general way, so that their effective usage is, among others, influenced by a uniform interpretation of key terms. They include geographic skills, the content of which is the theme of this paper. This term was defined on the basis of a comparison of different approaches. Individual geographic skills were then specified in detail and categorized in view to evaluate the performance of students within the general educational system. Two alternative proposals how to classify geographic skills were presented; they document, among others, a narrow interdependence between the way of classification and the selection of instruments to verify and to evaluate geographic skills.