GTANSW

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The Geography Teachers Association of New South Wales is an incorporated body which represents the interests of professional geography teachers. Its purpose is to provide a forum where teachers of geography and the wider community may exchange views.

The Association is active in presenting the interests of geography teachers in areas of public concern, by investigating and making recommendations to appropriate authorities on educational policies and other matters of State and National interest in which geography teachers have concern. The GTANSW disseminates material from ACARA to its members.

The activities of the Geography Teachers Association include publishing and distributing materials related to the teaching of geography, promoting professional in-service education of geography teachers, making awards to geography students and teachers and encouraging research in geographical education.

Publications of the Association include the Geography Bulletin distributed quarterly, videos, books, test items and other student materials. In addition the Association provides advice and assistance to commercial publishers of print, computer and audio-visual materials for use by geography students.

The Association organises conferences for geography teachers, designed to assist teachers implement changes in Geography Syllabuses and to provide teachers with an opportunity to refresh their professional teaching by sharing ideas for classroom and fieldwork activities and hearing about current developments in geographical education.

The Geography Teachers Association maintains a close relationship with the NSW Board of Studies. A person nominated by the Association is a member of the Syllabus Advisory Committee. Once a year there is a members' meeting addressed by a representative of the HSC Geography Examination Committee of the Board.

Other bodies have interests similar to those of the members of our Association. The Geography Teachers Association has close ties with the NSW Joint Council of Professional Teachers Associations, the Geographical Society of New South Wales and the Australian Geography Teachers Association.

The Council of the Geography Teachers Association is elected annually by members. All positions are honorary, and the Council members devote considerable time to the management of the Association. Members are invited to nominate for membership of the council, which provides an outstanding opportunity for service to the profession.