ERIC Number: ED434045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Colorado Model Content Standards for Geography.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
The geography standards for Colorado schools offer suggestions for geography education that prepare students to cope with the complexities of contemporary life. The standards give students a firm grasp of the place and terrain that surrounds them; the patterns of human development around the world; and the interactions of peoples, places, and environments. According to the standards, a "geographically informed citizen" should be able to know and understand facts, concepts, and generalizations about geography; apply geographic skills to observe, gather, organize, analyze, and present information; and use geographic perspectives to evaluate, make decisions about, and report on issues, processes, and events. The standards are arranged in an orderly progression from conceptually simple to complex and from acquisition of basic knowledge to the synthesis and application of knowledge. The six standards state that students should know: (1) how to use and construct maps, globes, and other geographic tools to locate and derive information about people, places, and environments; (2) the physical and human characteristics of places, and use this knowledge to define and study regions and their patterns of change; (3) how physical processes shape the Earth's surface patterns and systems; (4) how economic, political, cultural, and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, interdependence, cooperation, and conflict; (5) the effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources; and (6) how to apply knowledge of people, places, and environments to understand the past and present and to plan for the future. Standards are divided among grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Benchmarking, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography, Geography Instruction, Public Schools, Social Studies, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives
Colorado State Department of Education, 201 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado