The foundations of GeoCapabilities are introduced in this section

GeoCapabilities is based on four ideas

  • Capabilities
  • Powerful Disciplinary Knowledge
  • Curriculum Making
  • Leadership

GeoCapabilities suggests that without the opportunity to acquire geographical knowledge and develop the capacity to think geographically our capability is deprived or diminished.

GeoCapabilities questions what sort of geography teaching and curriculum content develops knowledge that empowers individuals to identify, select and make informed, defensible choices about how to live (for the best) based on citizenship and sustainability.

GeoCapabilities helps you consider what are the educational goals of your teaching?

The capabilities approach focusses on students achieving their full potential and well-being.

A capabilities approach to education considers how the individual can lead a life that she or he has reason to value. Learners develop the means to understand and interpret the world in ways that are distinctive and geographical.


GeoCapabilities has been developed a a framework for thinking about the value of teaching geography.

Teachers need to reflect on the subject’s aims, values and purposes.

What do young people need to know and be able to do, so that they function effectively in society as autonomous individuals?

Review the presentation on the foundations on which GeoCapabilities is based.

Geocapabilties: foundations and principles