ERIC Number: ED310052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-8
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Impact of Travel on Geographic Competency.
Bein, Frederick L.
A geography skills test was administered to over 3,000 Indiana college students enrolled in introductory geography courses in 1987. The National Council for Geographic Education Competency-Based Geography Test, Secondary Level, Form D, was used to measure geographic ability in the area of map skills, place name location, physical geography, and human geography. Geographic skills were correlated with respondent age, sex, ethnicity, past travel experience, and past geographic education. Students with previous travel experience were expected to score better on the test while geographically bound groups were expected to score lower. A strong correlation exists between travel and geographic skill. Geographic abilities differ according to age, sex, and ethnicity, but these differences can be attributed to varying degrees of access to travel. (Fourteen tables of data are included.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Snowbird, UT, October 5-8, 1988).