ERIC Number: ED113250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-2
Reference Count: 0
Interests of Upper Elementary Students in Human Geography and Their Perceptions of Effective Learning Environments.
Sorgman, Margo I.; Uhlenberg, Donald M.
Students' interests are assessed in human geography and in the man-land orientation (how people have adjusted and adapted their environment). The major problems investigated are to determine which areas of human geography are of most interest to upper elementary students, and to assess the perceptions of these students regarding the best place to learn about those areas of interest. The test sample was composed of 30 students each from fourth, fifth, and sixth grades of a lower middle income, urban elementary school. A questionnaire consisting of 32 inquiry questions derived from "Focus on Man: Social Studies for Utah Schools," a prospectus published by the Utah State Board of Education, was used because it is inquiry oriented, focuses on the human aspects of geography, and is the basic reference for social studies in Utah elementary schools. It was concluded that the man-land approach is appropriate for geographic inquiry in the upper elementary school grades. Recommendations for teaching the man-land approach to geography for upper elementary students are given. (Author/ND)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Social Science Association (17th, Denver, Colorado, May 1-3, 1975)