ERIC Number: ED387409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Improving Preservice Teachers Use of Geography in Elementary Classrooms through the Use of Selected Activities.
Roller, Jeanne Keeney
This report describes a practicum designed to integrate the five themes of geography into classrooms for elementary-school students through preservice teachers using experiential teaching techniques. The preservice teachers were provided with appropriate concepts and vocabulary through active experiences that they then used in their elementary classrooms. Research from practitioners in elementary classrooms was used to design learning centers, surveys, and discussion groups for the preservice teachers. Through reading, lecture, discovery and cooperative learning, and role-modeling, study participants explored children's literature, art and craft materials, maps and globes, creative activities, music, language arts, mathematics, and science to establish a sound conceptual framework. Analysis of the data verified that students studying to be elementary teachers can access geography concepts and vocabulary from their content courses and have a positive experience in a social studies methods class. Preservice educators' enthusiasm and confidence were very high at the course's conclusion. Appendices include: lesson plan outline; journal information; writer-generated instruments: reports and surveys; writer-constructed measures that were used for competency in U.S. geography, world geography, and western hemisphere geography; and examples of discussion outlines. Contains 54 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.