An investigation into the dynamics of the National Curriculum Geography working group (1989-1990)
An investigation into the dynamics of the National Curriculum Geography Working Group from its establishment in May 1989 until June 1990 when it was disbanded. The thesis is primarily concerned with the ways in which the Geography Working Group approached its task of devising a National Curriculum for Geography. As such it explores the terms of reference and supplementary guidance given to the Group, the working relationships established both within and beyond the immediate membership of the Group, and their visualisation of the task before them. Inevitably the focus is widened to set the context for the work of the Group. The place of geography as a school subject this century is examined, as well as events immediately following the creation of the Geography National Curriculum by the Group. Consideration is given to the composition and functioning of the Group, the production of an Interim Report (DES 1989) and Final Report (DES 1990) for geography, and the resultant implementation problems caused by the politically altered Statutory Orders (1991), over which the Group had no influence or control. The thesis ends with an analysis of the possible futures for geographical education within state schools in the context of recent developments in academic geography.