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ERIC Number: ED313450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of Learning Style Accommodation and Thinking Skills Instruction Found in the Teaching of Thematic Map Use.
French, Russell L.; And Others
An evaluation of a summer geography institute focusing on the use of thematic maps as tools for teaching across the curriculum was conducted during 1988. The annual institute is sponsored by the Tennessee Geographic Alliance in conjunction with the National Geographic Society. Thematic map making involves portrayal of visible patterns of inequality that stimulate questions and responses. In essence, thematic maps are tools for eliciting speculations, tentative explanations, and hypotheses to be tested. The 1988 institute involved 24 fourth- through 12th-grade teachers from Tennessee and South Carolina. Five techniques were used in the comprehensive evaluation of the institute: (1) participant observation; (2) participant perception survey; (3) participant interviews; (4) content analysis of participant diaries; and (5) content analysis of institute materials. A total of 36 activities and 30 materials were coded and charted by investigators to determine levels of learning style accommodation and thinking skills facilitation. Results indicate that thematic mapping accommodates a range of perceptual learning styles and contributes to the development of higher order thinking skills and processes. In addition, simple analyses of instructional activities and materials can generate valuable information for instructional decision making. (TJH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee