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The Black Portraits -Making Geographical Connections through Political Communication


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Political commication, in this case about basic human rights and freedom of expression, can usefully be made through creative arts, in this case symbolically enhanced portraits painting. The article sets out how a human right education collaborative partnership has been forged to engage with the the geographical education community with a number of strands and means, and sets this within a disciplinary context.
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Hannah Spencer has devised an activity to help students make synoptic links in their A-level studies. The activity involves students scoring points for identifying links between different topics. Many A-level geography specifications require students to engage synoptically with subject matter. To be able to access the higher tiered marks in their exam they needed to understand the nature of synoptic links. However, when he had marked their essay questions previously he found only basic connections with other topics, and in some cases a very narrow focus on the question. It seemed that asking them to synthesize knowledge and understanding from a range of units was a step too far. The scoring system was designed to encourage students to generate a good range of synoptic links: the nature of the link determined the number of points they could be awarded.
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