Spatial perspective in geographical education

Room D
Monday, 31 August 2015
13.00 – 14.45
place names

This report focuses on the theme „Spatial Perspective in Geographical Education” as a contribution of Suriname. The theme has connection with the „Fifth  EUGEO Congress on the Geography of Europe” in Budapest, Hungary on 30 August – 2 September 2015, at Eötvös Loránd University. Topic of the conference is „the Role of Place Names in Geographical Education”.

Daily there is worldwide a teaching learning process of  knowledge transfer, understanding and skills in geography, rather than on the role of place names  that opens the door to a greater understanding of the changing world in which we all live. Education in the role of place names in geography should be seen as  basis of spatial orientation, spatial perspectives, imaging of the world of places and digital orientation   in the Global Village: the  transition  of the earth  in a „World Wide Web” (internet) village of digital  information systems. The orientation  in a Global Village requires the use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), the digital Geographic Information System (GIS), animated  maps  with geographical information and transition of science research from  interdisciplinary  to  transdisciplinary Geography study is often identified with memorizing facts about place names, capitals, rivers, products, heritage, culture and other seemingly trivial things. Students, however, are more concerned about understanding why things are located where they are and how they are related to the location or other features, knowledge which allows them to see how historical processes of cultures, heritage and present activities influence places. Students are also interesting in the nature of human experience with places.

Hein Raghoebar
University of Suriname
h_raghoebar [at]

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