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Geography Teachers' Association of Queensland Inc.
Level 1/28 Fortescue St, Spring Hill QLD 4000


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  • 26 May 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is a peri-urban area?

    "The non-urban areas adjacent to or surrounding metropolitan settlements" . Those areas that are vitally important to life in the city as we rely on these fringes for agricultural production and water resources, as well as the natural values of the landscape and environment; ecosystem services that are vital to all life and human wellbeing.


    Written by Michael Buxton and Andrew Butt and published by CSIRO Publishing, is a timely publication for use in Senior Geography Unit 4 Topic 1. It discusses the challenges faced by the urban fringe of our growing cities encompassing spatial and temporal pattern. Part I looks at the concept of the 'peri-urban' landscape and the history of urban expansion in Australian, European and Canadian cities. There is a very significant focus on Australian towns and cities.


    Chapter 5 is focused on regionalism in Australia. This chapter provides an excellent overview of the factors that have resulted in "concentrated capital city growth" in Australia as well as the changing land use resulting rural-residential development arising from the need for  land close to the city, and the impacts on agricultural land in these areas.


    The concept of liveability is covered in Chapter 6, including sections on sea level rise, climate change, and bushfire risk. This chapter is also largely focused on Australian places with an introduction to understanding of how liveability is measured and understood.


    Part II provides five chapters wholly focused on peri-urban issue in the Australian context. Chapter 8, 'Population change in peri-urban Australia' ,  examines Australia's population geography utilising statistics from the 2016 Census and case studies for South-east Queensland(SEQ), Melbourne; Sydney-Newcastle and  Adelaide. Including a series of population change maps and data the topics include age and migration, commuting and work, housing and households.


    The remainder of Section II examines vulnerability and threats to Agriculture; the importance of biodiversity and natural resources in the peri-urban area and in the final chapter the importance of spatial planning in the peri-urban regions.  Case studies in spatial planning include SEQ and Melbourne's peri-urban area.


    The information is written in a very accessible style, suitable for senior students, or as a teacher resource. It is a succinct and relevant text for senior geography in Queensland.


    Available in paperback form from CSIRO Publishing is worth every cent of the $ 59.99 retail price.


    Released in April 2020 it is available for purchase through CSIRO or as an ebook through various eRetailers
  • 07 Jun 2019 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Story Maps are a great way to combine your maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content to create compelling, user-friendly artefact. There are various formats you can use to create a map. a tour, a narrative suited to your content. The gallery contains some great geographical examples. My current favourites are A World of Forests and A World of Forests Atlas; Stormwater A-Go-Go, and Age of Humans: The Living Land.

    Check out the Gallery

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    Choose your template and get started

  • 22 Apr 2016 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 19 Aug 2014 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Who should attend

    P–12 teachers wanting to integrate the QCAA G20 resources into their classroom.


    The workshop will focus on:

    ·         showcasing the QCAA G20 resources, e.g. G20 map, virtual field trip, teaching and learning activities and videos.

    ·         identifying the links between the QCAA G20 resources and the curriculum, e.g. Australian Curriculum: Geography, Studies of Society and Environment Essential Learnings, Economics Senior Syllabus 2010, Geography Senior Syllabus 2007

    ·         demonstrating and modelling how the QCAA G20 resources can be integrated into teaching and learning activities and planning.

    This professional development workshop has relevance to elements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers: one, two, three, five and six.

    The workshop will form the basis for a video that will be accessible for teachers in rural and regional Queensland schools.


    This workshop is offered at no cost to registered participants.

    Dates and venues







    Brisbane North

    28 Aug 14

    3:30 pm – 5 pm

    Kedron Wavell Services Club
    375 Hamilton Road (entrance via Kittyhawk Drive), Chermside


    Brisbane Central

    1 Sep 14

    3:30 pm – 5 pm

    QCAA South Brisbane
    Level 7, 154 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane




    3:15 pm


    3:30 pm

    Welcome and introduction

    ·         Showcase of QCAA G20 resources

    4 pm

    Using QCAA G20 resources in the classroom

    ·         Using the G20 resources to develop effective teaching and learning for the different
    phases of schooling:

    ·         Early years

    ·         Middle primary

    ·         Lower secondary

    ·         Upper secondary

    5 pm



    Register as early as possible because workshops may be cancelled or combined if insufficient registrations are received. Please check that you have received confirmation of your registration via email from QCAA. if you do not receive a confirmation email. Only registered participants may attend this workshop. 

  • 23 Feb 2014 8:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Primary school teachers have a very significant role in

    the teaching of geography in Australia, because they

    will be responsible for seven of the nine years in which

    the subject will be compulsory in probably the majority

    of schools. However, they may be unsure what this

    subject is all about, as few will have done more than a

    minimal study of geography at the tertiary level. The aim

    of this book is to help them understand the Australian

    geography curriculum that is about to be implemented

    across the nation, and feel confident in teaching it.

    Chapter 1 explains geography as a subject, discussing why it is in the curriculum and highlighting

    concepts and ways of thinking relevant to the primary school years. It also outlines what

    geography contributes to a primary school education. Chapters 2 and 3 address each of the two

    strands in the geography curriculum – Knowledge and Understanding, and Inquiry and Skills – and

    show how the strands are structured. They also identify the key progressions from Foundation to

    Year 6 that teachers and curriculum planners should be aware of, provide suggestions on how to

    link geography content with related material in mathematics, science and history, and explain how

    geography contributes to the development of the cross-curriculum priorities of Asia, Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and sustainability.

    The rest of the book has a chapter on each year from Foundation to Year 6. These contain:

    • a discussion of each of the content descriptions in the two strands, and their elaborations.
    • comments on any problems in interpreting and teaching the content descriptions and

    elaborations, along with ways of solving them.

    • explanations of what some of the content means.
    • suggestions on the order in which the content prescribed for the year could be taught and on

    ways of combining or rearranging it.

    • suggestions on ways of integrating the teaching of the two strands.
    • links with the curriculum for other subjects.
    • tables on the relationship between content descriptions and Achievement Standards, and

    comments on how to interpret some of words in the Standards.

    The author, Alaric Maude, is a retired Associate Professor of Geography at Flinders University in

    Adelaide, South Australia. He was the Lead Writer and Writing Coach for the Australian geography


    The book may be ordered online from the publisher, Hawker Brownlow, at, code

    HB1710. The price is $35.95.

  • 13 Nov 2013 9:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Google Earth is a great tool for students to use to explore the world. Building tours in Google Earth and Google Maps is one of my favourite activities for students to do to tell a story. It can take a while to understand all of the nuances of creating tours in Google Earth. Fortunately, Google recently introduced Tour Builder which makes it easier than ever to create tours in Google Earth.
  • 11 Sep 2013 10:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Members are able to access some great new teaching resources in the Members section.


    Simply LOG IN to access them

  • 31 May 2013 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You can now create your own GeoGuessr game at GeoSettr (Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip).

    By the way, I’ve made a couple of other additions to that games list:

    You can create a Mission Map Quest game here, and a Google Maps scavenger hunt at Terra Clues.

  • 21 May 2013 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australia's Engagement with Asia: Indonesia

    Case studies in water, food, urbanisation and human wellbeing

    Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia is an engaging and easy-to-use teaching resource that supports the Australian Curriculum: Geography. It includes six DVD chapters with related texts and worksheets developed by World Vision and the Australian Geography Teachers Association.

    It directly addresses two cross-curriculum perspectives: Sustainability and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.


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