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Geography turns out to be much more significant than many of us realize. It is much more than knowing facts and figures. Geography is about spatial patterns and processes. It is about frontiers, centers and peripheries, about tourists, terrorists and refugees, about trade of food, clothes, drugs and digital data, about population growth, El Nino, tsunamis and earthquakes. It is the fascinating story of an ever-changing world. Without geography you get lost.

Maps are the most important tools for geographers. Modern geographers use digital maps and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). There are a myriad of uses for GIS. GIS is an exciting and practical use of geography, which will become increasingly important in the world and in teaching geography.

An international journal about geography teaching is International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education. The website of the IGU Commission on Geographical Education gives information about other publications as well as projects, and congresses in the field of geography teaching.


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