ERIC Number: ED355134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-5
Geography Needs Assessment: A Focus on Teacher Training and Awareness.
Fitzhugh, William P.
This paper presents the results of a survey that examined elementary school teachers' attitudes about social studies (particularly geography) instruction. The responses of newly-hired elementary teachers were compared to those of experienced elementary teachers. The survey included questions such as: Have you ever taken a social studies methods course? Have you taken a geography course? At what age should children start learning geography? List the areas of the social studies/geography curriculum in which you feel staff development would be most worthwhile. Among the conclusions of the study were that newly-hired teachers had a better background in geography than experienced teachers; teachers did not seem to enjoy teaching social studies as much as other curriculum areas; and staff development needed to be centered around creative activities for teaching geographic concepts. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council for Geographic Education (77th, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, September 23-26, 1992).