Making connections between school geography, professional knowledge and young people’s career aspirations
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This seminar reports on my contribution to an international project which aims to better connect school geography with future careers in subject-related professions. The first part of the seminar presents findings from an online survey exploring the career aspirations of A level and undergraduate geographers in England. The second part unpacks how research findings were used to inform a curriculum design project which set out to create career-orientated lessons that take heed of the Gatsby Benchmark statements and embed real-world geography knowledge and skills into the school curriculum. I argue that stronger connections are needed between school geography, career education and professional geographers working in real-world contexts. This is particularly important when considering that 96% of GCSE geographers in England do not go on to study geography at university. I conclude that career-orientated lessons are a powerful, yet under-utilised, strategy, which should be integral to all school subjects to enable more authentic real-world learning experiences and support young people to form realistic career aspirations.

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Date: 2 May 2023, 16:00 (Tuesday, 2nd week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: 15 Norham Gardens, 15 Norham Gardens OX2 6PY
Venue Details: Seminar Room B
Speaker: Dr Emma Rawlings Smith (University of Oxford)
Organising department: Department of Education
Organiser: Dr Gabriel Stylianides (University of Oxford)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Hannah Freeman