Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy
2008 Recipient - Linda Gollick
The missing links
Drawing together disciplines as diverse as economics and ecology, geography
is an extraordinarily broad subject. So broad, in fact, that some students
find it overwhelming. But not on Linda Gollick’s watch.
|Photo courtesy of Linda Gollick
An Ontario high school teacher and the winner of the Canadian
Council for Geographic Education’s 2008 Geographic
Literacy Award, Gollick (right) believes
in stressing the interconnectedness of physical, economic and social systems,
both in the classroom and when developing new materials for the Ontario
curriculum. When students see the relationship between, say, the clothing
they’re wearing and the manufacturing process used to make it, their
critical thinking skills sharpen.
“It’s important to identify global issues,” says Gollick,
head of the Canadian and world studies department at Toronto’s Loretto
College School and Ontario coordinator for The Great Canadian Geography
Challenge for the past 15 years. “But we also need to relate these
issues to a local level.” This helps students understand geography
and perhaps find a place within it.
— Dan Rubinstein