ERIC Number: ED313300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-5
The Geography Gap in Teacher Training Programs: A Stumbling Block to Internationalizing Indiana.
Drummond, Dorothy W.
Geographic illiteracy is widespread in Indiana. In seeking a solution, it is necessary first to isolate the problem. It seems that the problem has come about in spite of rather than because of state curriculum guidelines. Geography has a strong role in the social studies curriculum of Indiana at every grade level from first through seventh. The systematic study of geography is weak at the high school level, but there are many courses offered in which geographic concepts can or should be integrated. It is likely that teacher training requirements in Indiana may be encouraging weakness in geography. Under the present licensing requirements, the state does not set down rigid specifications for certification, but instead offers guidelines to be worked out in programs offered by individual teacher training institutions. A survey of teacher training programs at 32 Indiana institutions of higher learning in 1985 indicated the probability that a majority of teachers in Indiana had little or no formal training in geography. It is clear that many teachers today face a curriculum with a heavy emphasis in geography without the foundation skills and understandings needed to maintain a comfort level in the classroom. Since teachers facing time constraints tend to emphasize subject matter in which they feel competent, it is understandable if geography is neglected. If geographic illiteracy is to be remedied in Indiana, a start must be made with teacher training. Study findings are presented in two tables and a chart. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana