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International Initiatives

GeoCapabilities - GeoCapabilities is a research project supported with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Geography and Spatial Science program and the EU Comenius Programme. The produced a collection of teacher training materials that illustrate the potential and signifiance of geographical knowledge in schools.

International Geographical Union Commission on Geographical Education (IGU-CGE) - Through active pursuits that include the publication of a journal, organization of international conferences and research projects, as well as co-sponsorship of the Geography Olympiad, IGU-CGE aims to promote geographical and environmental education globally. AAG Educational Affairs Director Michael Solem serves on the 2012-2016 steering committee for the Commission.

International Network for Learning & Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT) - An international network founded on newsletters, conferences, listserves, and collaborative projects to improve the quality and status of learning and teaching geography in higher education internationally. 

Trends in International Geography Assessment Study - The National Center for Research in Geography Education is leading an international collaborative effort to plan, design, and develop an international geography assessment modeled on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. Our partner organizations include GENIP, Western Michigan University, ETS, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, and the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center at Boston College.


Past initiatives:

AAG Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE) - The Center for Global Geography Education (CGGE) offers a collection of online modules for undergraduate geography and related social and environmental science courses. Six modules are currently available: National Identity, Population and Natural Resources, Migration, Global Climate Change, Water Resources, and Global Economy. The modules offer regional case studies examining issues and a collection of collaborative projects for online international learning.

American Council on Education "Where Faculty Live" Study - A research study that investigated patterns of international collaboration and the extent that geographers support an internationalized curriculum. Over half of the 400 people surveyed had participated in an international collaborative research project. Findings and survey instruments can be found online.

International Education and Geography - This website offers examples of international education opportunities in geography and videos capturing experiences and perspectives from students and faculty who have travelled abroad.

My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) - My Community, Our Earth was created in the year 2002 through public and private partnerships, in preparation for the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to address sustainable development issues, including biodiversity, climate change, poverty eradication, fresh water supply, and urbanization. MyCOE approaches the theme of sustainable development using a geographic perspective that allows innovative responses to local community challenges.