|Editor||A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship|
There has been constant and concurrent battle and harmony between nature and society throughout human history. The discipline of geography reminds us of the disharmony, focusing on problems and conflicts of interest among different users of space. It researches the possible directions for future developments of a region and of the Earth as a whole, so that developments may be as effective for the present generation as they will be in the future. Geography employs interdisciplinary co-operation between the natural and social sciences in its research. This mutual recognition between the two sciences can be valuable in the management and direction of development at the local, national and global level, and in transferring these to the field of education. Future civic managers must be prepared for their difficult and responsible task from their school days if they are to be able to evaluate and reconcile different interests in the decision-making process. Our basic research question was what types of knowledge and skills students should obtain in their geography lessons to enable them, as adults, to make decisions that would benefit people and nature. We examined the possibilities offered by the school curriculum in geography: in a student seminar a simulation of building a new dumping ground in the local environment combined geographical and ecological matters with the objectives of citizenship education.