ERIC Number: ED210233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Project to Incorporate Spatial Concepts of Urban Geography in Secondary Social Studies Curricula (Project Geography). Final Report.
Giannangelo, Duane M.; And Others
This report describes a project designed to develop geography based activities that could be used to supplement an ongoing social studies program. The purpose was to help secondary social studies teachers in the Memphis, Tennessee area develop geography based activities dealing with concepts of urban spatiality. The project staff organized and publicized through brochures and news releases to newspapers the four-week summer program to be held at Memphis State University. Fifty-six public school teachers were selected and organized into ten planning and writing task forces. Each task force was assigned to one of the following ten social studies courses: Tennessee history; American history I; civics; economics I; introduction to social studies; American history II; American political behavior; economics II; sociology; and social interaction. Teachers designed each instructional module so that it would coincide with specific chapters in each textbook. The modules developed utilized a problem-solving approach, involve community resource people, and contain a wide variety of teaching methods--for example, games, films, role playing, and labs. A teacher's manual to accompany the activities was also developed. The activity modules are not included in this report. Project evaluation shows many positive effects including improved public school-university relations and curriculum improvement. Included in the appendices are a list and definitions of geography concepts and the summer workshop agenda. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Memphis State Univ., TN. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction.