GeoCamp Iceland Coursework

NCGE-GeoCamp Iceland Institute

GeoCamp Iceland – 2021 Course Information


Ellen J. Foster, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Secondary Social Studies Education
The University of Mississippi

Rebecca Dodge, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Midwestern State University

Jeff Lash, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Geography
University of Houston-Clear Lake

Ólafur Jón Arnbjörnsson, Director |
Arnbjörn Ólafsson |
Þuríður H. Aradóttir Braun
Contact GeoCamp Iceland, Reykjanesbær, Iceland

The NCGE-GeoCamp Iceland Summer Institute is a graduate-level equivalent, short course in geographic inquiry and field methods for in-service teachers and education professionals. Iceland’s extraordinary and unique landscapes are our classroom and laboratory. The course draws content from several important geographic themes including natural hazards and disaster prevention; human settlement and environmental adaptation; changing geopolitical spheres of influence; sense of place; and global environmental change. Icelandic field leaders serve as our local guides. Participants learn directly from Iceland’s renewable energy experts, sail on a fishing vessel, visit active volcanoes and walk in rift valleys and upon receding glaciers. Working alongside local teachers, participants explore historic sites and enjoy local Icelandic foods.

Course Objectives
After experiencing the NCGE-GeoCamp Iceland Summer Institute, participants will be able to:
• Explain the “geographic advantage” (geographic perspectives for looking at the world)
• Ask and answer their own geographic questions
• Explicitly connect course curriculum to geography content, perspectives, and skills
• Design inquiry-based geographic fieldwork and/or classroom activities for students and colleagues modeled on experiences in Iceland

Big Questions
What adaptations made long-term settlement of Iceland possible?
• In what region of the world is Iceland situated?
• What will Iceland look like in the future (100, 1000, 10000 years from now)?
• Is Iceland a safe place to live? How do we define “safe”?
• What is the relationship between energy and economic activity in Iceland?

Field Guide
The 2021 Field Guide provides essential content for participants. (PDF, 53 pages, 3.7mb)

Geography for Life
The goal of the National Geography Standards is to enable students to become geographically informed through knowledge and mastery of three things: (1) factual knowledge; (2) mental maps and tools; (3) and ways of thinking. Download Geography for Life (PDF, 122 pages, 13.9mb)

C3 Framework for Social Studies
The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. Download the C3 Framework (PDF, 114 pages, 2.26mb)

2-Minute Reflection
Click HERE to submit a 2-minute reflection.

Click HERE to submit an educational photo to the 2021 GeoCamp Iceland Photosphere.
Click HERE to view the Photosphere.