ERIC Number: ED256661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-18
Using Case Studies as an Approach to Analytical Skills in High School Geography.
Anderson, Ronald A.
Analytical case studies can provide a way for high school geography teachers to develop their students' interpretive skills, skills which are not fostered by the traditional teacher-centered textbook methods of geography instruction. The case study approach introduces the student to economic and cultural activities within a country or region or to the daily life of the area's peoples. This approach can also be tailored to the needs of particular groups of students. The systematic decision-making approach, which is structured and clearly sequential, is recommended for low ability students. The open approach, which places more responsibility on the students to define the problem, research it, and analyze data, is recommended for average and above average students. This approach helps students develop intake and processing skills. In acquiring these skills, the student is able to collect and analyze data, evaluate the data, predict outcomes, develop proposals, and support ideas and opinions with evidence. More importantly, the student learns to make decisions and participate in follow-up activities. (Author/IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Geographic Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 17-20, 1984).