ERIC Number: ED230461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Status of Geography in North Dakota Secondary Schools.
Munski, Douglas C.
A sample of 112 secondary school teachers were sent a questionnaire addressing the following topics: (1) teacher's educational background; (2) classes taught; (3) texts and media being used; (4) awareness of professional organizations; (5) suggestions for curriculum development; and (6) willingness of teachers to participate in improving teacher-training programs at the collegiate level and through in-service programs. The return rate was 43%. Results were compared with similar surveys conducted in 1952 and 1965. The status of geography in North Dakota's secondary schools has diminished since 1952. At that time 53% of the schools had one or more geography classes; in 1978-79, only 42% taught geography. The bulk of geography enrollments continues to be in world regional courses. Traditional texts continue to be popular, and maps and films are widely used by teachers today as supplementary aids. Current professional memberships are not high among teachers. Since 1952, teachers have expressed an interest in teaching specific regional geography courses. The majority of teachers in 1978 were willing to train student teachers. (A model for improving the secondary school system is presented.) (RM)
Descriptors: Courses, Curriculum Development, Educational Media, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Geography Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Models, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Associations, Secondary Education, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Textbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Dakota
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Philadelphia, PA, 1979).