Assessment in geography education

a systematic review

Rod Lane*, Terri Bourke

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are more than 700 articles exploring assessment in geography education. However, these papers vary in the degree to which recommendations and conclusions are based on research evidence. Globally, evidence-based practice is being prioritised, making it essential to understand exactly what the empirical research around this topic is saying. A systematic review provides a rigorous method for achieving such a task. This paper quantifies and systematically accounts for the proportion and scope of articles dedicated to assessment in geography education. We conclude that clarity is required regarding: (1) the essential geographical knowledge and skills students should develop; (2) the nature of the learning progressions in each of these areas; and (3) the types and formats of assessment instruments that will provide valid and reliable measures of this progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-36
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
Issue number1
Early online date1 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • assessment
  • geography education
  • geographical knowledge
  • systematic review

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