ERIC Number: ED204204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Some Aspects of the Study and Teaching of Geography in the United States: A Review of Current Research, 1965-1975. Occasional Paper No. 30.
Saveland, R. N.; Pannell, C. W.
This survey of recent research identifies major trends in American geographic education and evaluates some of the recent research. The document builds on two previous works on research in geographic education: "Research in Geographic Learning," Journal of Geography, 1972, and "Research Needs in Geographic Education, Suggestions and Possibilities," by the National Council on Geographic Education, 1967. The research is organized into seven topics. The first four topics cover interests and attitudes of both teachers and students, the historical development of ideas, comparative education, and assessment and examinations. The fifth topic, curriculum and curricular change, examines status studies, foundations studies, needs assessments, developmental studies, evaluation studies, and dissemination studies. The final two topics are cognitive development and techniques of teaching, including the inquiry process, the use of visuals, new approaches, new materials, and projects. The document concludes that the three main areas of progress are research in cognitive development and the ability of children to learn geography; curriculum, curricular changes, and materials; and research on teaching techniques. Several specific research needs were identified: foundations studies, the effect of values on the direction of geography, strategies for improving student motivation, further studies of mastery learning, and means of improving the dissemination process. (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Geographical Association, Sheffield (England).