ERIC Number: ED204252
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Geography Teaching with a Little Latitude: Classroom Close-Ups: 7.
Jay, L. J.
In this book the author discusses items and anecdotes accumulated during many years of studying, teaching, and examining geography at all levels. Most of the existing literature concerned with the teaching of geography deals only with fundamental problems and often addresses them in a grave and forbidding manner. The approach here is practical, light, and humorous, and there are many items of information that can be used by teachers in the classroom. For example, in the first chapter the fascination of place names is discussed. The author notes that "every region has some local place which has developed humorous associations so that the mere mention of it in company provokes smiles or open laughter." (e.g., Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Manangatang, Victoria; Wagga Wagga, New South Wales). Another chapter examines puns and riddles. The way children informally learn about geography--informal conversations between adults, advertisements, newspapers and magazines, travel experiences-- is discussed in another chapter. Other topics discussed include travel, testing, and the transmission of geographical data through literature. The concluding chapter gives a balanced assessment of the rewards and pitfalls associated with the use of humor in teaching. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Humor, Literature, Travel
George Allen & Unwin, Inc., 9 Winchester Terrace, Winchester, MA 01890 ($19.95 cloth, $9.95 paper).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Allen & Unwin, Inc., Winchester, MA.