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Dr Anne Dolan, MIC Lecturer pictured above has released a new book Dr Anne Dolan, MIC Lecturer pictured above has released a new book


MIC Lecturer Dr Anne Dolan New Publication on Primary Geography



Dr Anne Dolan, MIC Lecturer pictured above has released a new book.

MIC Lecturer Dr Anne Dolan New Publication on Primary Geography

A new book by Dr Anne Dolan, lecturer in the Department of Learning, Society, and Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) aims to help children understand change, place and contemporary issues influencing their current and future lives. ‘Powerful Primary Geography: A Toolkit for 21st-Century Learning’ shines a new lens on primary geography and explores how geography can be taught in a powerful and meaningful manner at the primary-level.

Based on the latest research, this book highlights the need for children to understand the modern world and its place. It examines how play can help children think geographically, solve real-life problems, and apply their learning to the world around them. Covering topics such as weather, climate change, and sustainability, and informed by several case studies from primary schools in Ireland, ‘Powerful Primary Geography’ is designed to help teachers develop and deliver exciting, empowering, and practical geography lessons.




According to the book’s author, Dr Anne Dolan, the need for geographical education has never been more significant as the world faces challenges posed by COVID-19, Brexit, climate change and a decline in biodiversity. She said, “The environmental, social, and health challenges facing our world locally and globally require teachers to teach about our interconnected world in a coherent, well-informed manner. Student teachers and primary teachers need examples of best practice from Irish primary schools, and this book stands as a ground-breaking contribution to the teaching, learning, and researching of primary geography education.”


She added, “‘ Powerful Primary Geography’ represents a significant and timely contribution to the literature on best practice geography education and should make for essential reading for all interested in geography education, climate change education, sustainability education and in education which positions children’s agency and action to the forefront more broadly.”

Speaking at the launch of’ Powerful Primary Geography’, which took place online last night (3 March), Professor Emer Ring, Dean of Education at MIC, noted the timeliness of this publication as we begin to emerge from the current COVID-19 pandemic. She said, “While this time has been one of great loss and suffering, it has also been a time of great learning. The importance of geography in enabling us all to understand, appreciate and take care of the world around has been one of our key learning points from living through COVID-19.”

Commending Dr Dolan on the book, Professor Ring said, “Dr Dolan’s publication achieves its aim of demonstrating that geography teaching and learning should be about providing enjoyable, creative and empowering experiences for both the child and the teacher. I would like to sincerely congratulate Dr Dolan on this wonderful achievement, and I know that it will contribute significantly in supporting our schools to provide enriched experiences for our children as we begin to build a better world for all of us.”

An internationally renowned expert in primary geography, Simon Catling, Professor Emeritus at Oxford Brookes University, noted the significance of this book and demonstrated the importance of geography in understanding the world around us. Speaking at the online launch, he said, “‘ Powerful Primary Geography’ illustrates wonderfully the importance of children’s own geographical perceptiveness from their lives and their studies. It provides a fabulous variety of ways in which meaningful geography empowers children’s understanding, potential and capability to act for their and our present and futures. It gives a well-guided and powerfully argued approach to the central significance of geography today and the vitality of its teaching.”

He added, “This is a book for all of us, for all primary teachers and teacher educators. Practical and thoughtful, its approach, ideas and many activities will engage, entrance, and enable high-quality teaching and children’s learning in geography. ‘Powerful Primary Geography’ shows how very much primary geography matters.”

Also speaking at last night’s launch was Kate Murray, principal of St. Augustine’s National School in Clontuskert, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.

She said, “Exploring our roots and our place grounds us by giving us a sense of ourselves in the greater world, empowering us to explore the beauty and the complexity of nature and society, safe in the knowledge of who we are as people.’ Powerful Primary Geography’ gives teachers the skills and tools to pass that gift of questioning curiosity to our students. It challenges us to highlight, discuss and break down complex issues and create our solutions.”

Dr Anne Dolan is a lecturer in primary geography with the Department of Learning, Society and Religious Education in Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick. Hailing from the village of Clontuskert in Ballinasloe but now residing in Galway city, Dr Dolan is passionate about primary geography, and she is keen to share this passion with her students and primary teachers. She is particularly interested in creative approaches to geography, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the use of the arts in geographical explorations. As a researcher, Anne focuses on outdoor learning, geoliteracy, children’s concepts of place and creative approaches to geography.

 ‘Powerful Primary Geography: A Toolkit for 21st-Century learning is published by Routledge Books. 


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