ERIC Number: ED166088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
What Can Children Learn in Geography? A Review of Research.
Rice, Marion J.; Cobb, Russell L.
The document reviews geography concepts and skills which elementary school children can learn in geography lessons. The study is based on research and evaluation studies with empirical test results and on anecdotal reports of what children have learned. The document is presented in four chapters. Chapter I describes the organization of the study. Chapter II focuses on testing children's basic map knowledge and skills before and after geography instruction. Findings indicate that elementary school children benefit from sequential programs of accelerated instruction in map skills. Chapter III reviews children's conceptual and analytical processes, including vocabulary, reading in geography, and general geographic knowledge. Information is also presented on curriculum evaluation research, sequencing geographic skills, and anecdotal accounts of geography for young learners. The final chapter presents conclusions: children can learn what teachers set out to teach, operate at a much higher conceptual level than is generally believed, and demonstrate aptitude for learning geographic concepts if they are given the opportunity. (DB)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Psychology, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Evaluation, Developmental Psychology, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Geography Instruction, Knowledge Level, Learning, Learning Plateaus, Map Skills, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($5.50)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
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