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C42: Spatial Citizenship
Thursday, 09/July/2020:
10:00am - 10:45am

Session Chair: Thomas Jekel
Location: C - Sessions

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What Teachers Need to Know – Viral Constructions of Space and Content Knowledge

Isabelle Muschaweck

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Deutschland

Digital spatial processes have been widely explored and investigated in subject-specific geographic research – until now however, this is not reflected in classrooms or teacher education and remains unconnected to notions of geographical digital literacy. As viral constructions of space shape everyday lives and experiences while being (re-)produced by students and teachers alike through social media, they present a chance for Geographic education to adapt to digital society. This paper attempts to connect these loose ends of viral constructions of space, digital society and the knowledge teachers need to include viral constructions of space in the classroom by means of Mishra and Koehler’s (2006) TPACK model, a well-established means for summarizing teachers’ technological, pedagogical and content knowledge for a specific topic. This paper focuses on content knowledge and identifies five subsections of viral constructions of space while extracting nine descriptors of teachers’ content knowledge. By detailing content knowledge, the publication presents a starting point for future investigations of pedagogical and technological teacher knowledge as well as remaining overlaps, while also raising awareness towards viral constructions of space as both a new essential topic in the Geography classroom and a phenomenon already shaping learning environments of spatial acquisition.

Potential of a critical cartography based on immanent critique

Michael Lehner, Inga Gryl

University Duisburg-Essen, Deutschland

This paper argues for the potential of a critical cartography based on immanent critique, or more precisely, a practice for educational contexts that fosters reflexive map-reading based on immanent critique. It starts with a discussion of contrasting approaches based on discourse analyses and immanent critique. This provides first insights into how one can overcome problems based on discourse analytical framings by using an approach rooted in immanent critique. At the same time, it shows how immanent critique can nevertheless benefit from discourse analysis. This interplay fosters a particular practice of reflexive map-reading that offers the potential to foster “maturity” (“Mündigkeit”) (Adorno & Becker, 1971) and the “political subject” (Mitchell, 2018; Mitchell & Elwood, 2013) in educational contexts.

Reassembling Spaces through Social Media – An Explorative Study about Adolescents, Social Media and Spatial Conditions

Christina Reithmeier, Detlef Kanwischer

Goethe-University Frankfurt, Deutschland

Social media are everyday companions for adolescents, enabling them to communicate and share their experience of the world. With the rise of social media location did not only gain importance as organizing principle for online content but features like taking pictures, geotagging and uploading them on the go mediate space in a new way. In this article we want to explore how space is reassembled through social media and which processes of reception emerge among young people against the background of the changed spatial allocation of meaning through digitization processes. Therefore, we take a closer look at contemporary geographic research and derive new perspectives on space that help us to grasp these processes. We conducted interviews with adolescents and analyzed them regarding their usage of Instagram. They edit their photos with filters, geotag places that they deem as exceptional, and select locations specifically for Instagram, perceiving their environment and places as ‘instagramable’ and status symbols. Our analysis confirms the emergence of new perspectives for understanding space by the means of social media. The production and reception of space in the context of digitization call for an adaption of concepts and methods in geography education.

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