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An Approach on the Primary Geography Multi-scalar Learning Focusing on Urban Contents

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2016, 5(3), pp.263-273
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography

Lee, Dong-min 1 Eunju Kwon 2 Jaeyung Choi 3

1가톨릭관동대학교
2서울대학교 지리교육과
3서울대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study aims to explore the possibility for the use of a multi-scalar approach to primary geography class focusing on urban contents. A city is a space with complex spatial pattern consisting of diverse functions and landscapes. Therefore, it needs to be approached as a multi-spatial space rather than as a fragmentary image fixed by a single-scalar recognition. The multi-scalar approach on urban space has particular educational importance because a city has a spatial context where children, including primary students, live and grow. This study attempted to develop a multi-scalar instructional method of primary geography focusing on Seoul Metropolitan City, South Korea. In particular, the instructional method focused on overcoming the fixation of a regional recognition by a single scale, such as “Seoul is a crowded city” or “Seoul is the largest city in South Korea.” A multi-scalar regional learning activity was developed to cultivate students' understanding of the scalar diversity of landscapes, population, and functions in Seoul, the capital of Korea. This attempt is expected to improve primary geography education, which can encourage primary students’ more sophisticated understanding of the diverse scalar spaces, places, and regions where they live, act, and grow.

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