ERIC Number: ED343831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Missing the Magic Carpet. The Real Significance of Geographic Ignorance.
Salter, Christopher L.
This booklet draws on the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) geography survey of 1988 and shapes recommendations for practices that will make teachers more effective in stimulating student excitement about this increasingly important subject. The assessment surveyed more than 3,000 high school seniors in approximately 300 public and private schools. Questions asked included: (1) Why study geography?; (2) If geography is so important, why was it dropped from the school curriculum?; (3) What geographic knowledge and skills should every student possess?; and (4) Does it really matter if young citizens do not know geography? Suggestions are made to parents, teachers, and administrators about specific actions they can take to improve geography learning in U.S. schools. The document also provides some suggestions for statewide, schoolwide, familial, and individual responses to the alarm raised by the NAEP and other surveys chronicling geographic ignorance. A 9-item reference list is provided. (KM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction, Map Skills, National Surveys, Parent Role, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
National Geographic Society, Geography Education Program, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Geographic Society, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress