Social Nature and Its Implications for Geography and Environment Education

사회적 자연의 지리환경교육적 함의

  • Cho, Chul-Ki (Department of Geography Education, Teachers College, Kyungpook National University)
  • 조철기 (경북대학교 사범대학 지리교육과)
  • Received : 2016.09.01
  • Accepted : 2016.11.25
  • Published : 2016.11.30


This paper suggests to bring the idea of social construction of nature or social nature discussed in social science including geography to geographical and environmental education for breaking traditional divide of people(or society) and nature. And this paper analyzed relationship between people and nature, meaning of environment and the concepts of social nature represented in the geography curriculum and textbook of England, Australia and Korea. Recently in terms of focusing disciplines or education on integration or convergence, introduction of social nature in teaching and learning geography and environment has an important implication. With rapid growth of capitalism, nature is constructed socially by the political, economical, social and cultural practice. Thus geography education reduces the distance between human geography and physical geography and needs to focus on exploring not just the relationship between people and nature but social construction of nature. Another implication of the introduction of social nature in teaching and learning geography and environment is that students can develop the relational sensitivity about the relationship people and nature or people and place.


Supported by : 경북대학교


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