Reflections on Geography Education in Europe

Henk Ottens


My engagements with activities of the Association of European Geographical Societies EUGEO over the last months were often related to Geography’s place and role in education. They give rise to thoughts about possible ways to reconsider the profile of Geography in schools as well as the institutional position of the subject in order to improve the contribution of the discipline to Europeans and the European society.


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