Geographies of Education: A Journey

Peter Kraftl, William Andrews, Suzanne E. Beech, Giulia Ceresa, Sarah Holloway, Vicky Johnson, Catherine White

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This paper provides a critical overview of scholarship on the geographies of education. The article explores some of the key roots, linguistic traditions and conceptual underpinnings of what has become a burgeoning and diverse area of scholarship. It emphasises the different subdisciplinary areas to which research on geographies of education has contributed, including work on social reproduction, the relationship between education spaces and their 'outsides', the agency of learners, structural inequalities, learners' experiences, materialities and mobilities. The paper concludes with some suggestions about future work on geographies of education, identifying key areas of potential in terms of connection: with scholarship on geography education; with research going on outside geography; with scholarship on education spaces less well‐represented thus far (such as Further Education); and with research on and from non‐Anglophone contexts and the Majority Global South.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Early online date9 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 14 Feb 2022

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  • education
  • inequality
  • learning
  • materiality
  • mobility
  • social reproduction


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