ERIC Number: ED194398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Writing Textbooks of Regional Geography: An Israeli Experience.
This monograph describes the experience of Israeli curriculum developers as they wrote textbooks of regional geography for the primary and junior high school levels. There are three parts to the paper. Part I discusses the reform of the geography curriculum in Israeli schools in the 1960s. The new curriculum emphasized three areas: geography of Israel; world regional geography; and systematic geography. The content of regional geography was seen as the most important with roughly one-half of the total instructional hours available allocated to it. Part II of the paper deals with considerations in writing textbooks for regional geography. Any given region may be approached from one of a number of viewpoints. For example, one may approach a region through an analysis of a number of major problems or through an analysis of its central area as compared with its margin. The content of the text can also be achieved through a variety of techniques. For example, one text might consist of reading matter and a second of exercises. The third part of the paper describes how the Israeli team wrote one book dealing with the regional geography of West Africa taking into consideration all the issues described above. The major lessons drawn from their experience are: 1) in order to cover a large number of topics rather than the in depth study of one topic, one must be able to prioritize; 2) the most important material--in this case principles of systematic and regional geography--should be introduced into the text in a hidden manner; and 3) the best format is a text constructed of a combination of reading material, illustrative matter, and exercises with each supporting the other. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Louisville, KY, April 13-16, 1980).