Teachers and their understanding about the nature of geography: An empirical study
Ansar Ahmad, Aejaz Masih
There is no doubt that geography is one of the important disciplines in the education system, which has long been incumbent for promoting awareness, understanding and curiosity of the diversity of the world's phenomena, people and places with reference to man-environment relationship. For teaching diversified phenomena in relation to spatial-temporal aspects of the society it is very essential for teachers (both pre-service and in-service) to have sound understanding of the nature of geography. A sample of 40 teachers (25 pre-service and 15 in-service teachers) was purposively selected. Descriptive method of research was employed and data was collected through TOUNG. Mean, Std. D and t- test was done through SPSS 22. Result reported that 72.12% of the pre-service and 74% of in-service teachers have average understanding of the nature of geography. Significant difference was not found between pre-service and in-service teachers’ understanding of the nature of geography. Paper concluded that in view of teachers’ (both pre-service and in-service) inadequate understanding of the nature of geography, a number of research have to be focused for improving the understanding of both pre-service and in-service teachers of geography. Improvement of teachers understanding of the nature of geography would bring about positive improvement to those students of geography.