Paraxis on Geography Education in Nepal

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  • Shambhu Prasad Khatiwada Tribhuvan University, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ttp.v21i01.41615

Keywords:

Praxis, geography education, human-environment, teaching-learning, content knowledge, pedagogical practices

Abstract

This paper attempts to analyze the paradoxical view on geography education in Nepal. Praxis interplays the relationships between theory and practice-reflection in action in any academic discipline, like geography education. Geography education demonstrates the strategic linkages of content and pedagogy in teaching and research activities. Even now, geography occupies an important place not only in schools but also in university curricula. However, the easier it is to define geography, the harder it is to define geography education. Butt (2011) includes both parameters of geography (as a discipline) and education (as an activity) in the definition of geography education. This paper fulfills the objectives through systematic reviews of appropriate literature related to geography education. For this purpose, 50 documents were searched from different sources, such as Google, abstracts, keywords, and books. Only 15 papers and books were selected that gave pace to theories, methods, and pedagogical practices in geography education. The findings of this paper show that the definition of geography education is limited only to teaching geography in schools and colleges. In addition, teaching requires content knowledge (subject matters) related to geographic concepts, themes, traditions, tools and techniques, and contemporary issues related to climate change, environmental degradation, disasters, etc., in the curriculum. Pedagogical knowledge is also equally essential to deliver that content effectively to learners. Thus, geography provides the basis for choosing what content to teach at a particular level and, geography education helps to select teaching methods. It shows that the first is focused on the content and the second on pedagogy.

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Author Biography

Shambhu Prasad Khatiwada, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Professor, Department of Geography Education

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Khatiwada, S. P. (2021). Paraxis on Geography Education in Nepal. The Third Pole: Journal of Geography Education, 21(01), 17–32. https://doi.org/10.3126/ttp.v21i01.41615

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