Exploring Spatial Scale in Geography

Rating: Christopher D Lloyd. 2014. Exploring Spatial Scale in Geography. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN978 1 119 97135 1 The opening sentence says it all: “spatial scale is central to geography and to all disciplines concerned with the spatial arrangements of properties”. I think it fair to say that you can substitute a number of other words: ecology and conservation seem to fit but I’m sure there are others. The preface continues by arguing that the extent of a phenomenon might show […]


EdCommunity – Geographic Information Systems are a major potential source of ecological and environmental spatial data. These days it is essential that students know how they work and what can be done with them (as well as being a major career option!). One of the world’s biggest companies – ESRI – has a range of resources to help students and teachers learn more about the systems. Use this site as a starting point.

An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography

Rating: William G Moseley, Eric Perramond, Holly M Hapke and Paul Laris. 2014. An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN  978 1 4051 8931 6. Part of the problem with both environmental science and geography is that the problems they investigate can seem increasingly complex. This might encourage some to study to greater depth. At the other end of the spectrum, issues, especially in mainstream media, are often presented as simple, almost shallow in their treatment. The aim is […]

Geographic Thought

Rating: Tim Cresswell. 2013. Geographic Thought – A Critical Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4051 6939 4. I think it’s fair to argue two points in particular in relation to texts on the philosophy of geography: firstly, that such insights are essential in developing a critical perspective on the subject; and, secondly, that such thought usually intensifies rather than reduces the divisions in the subject. In terms of the former, such study should be seen as an integral part of […]

Plus ça change…

Once more unto the breach?   I was drawn into considering the nature of curriculum reform when reading a recent BES blogpost looking at GCSE reform. The basic idea was that another round of reforms was on the way and consultation was afoot! What are you looking for in a science curriculum? In a way, it sounds almost biblical as Matriculation begat O levels and O levels begat GCSE and GSCE might (or again, might not) begat English Baccalaureate. Is […]