ERIC Number: ED445951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Human Driving Forces and Their Impacts on Land Use/Land Cover. Hands-On! Developing Active Learning Modules on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.
This learning module aims to engage students in problem solving, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and cooperative learning. The module is appropriate for use in any introductory or intermediate undergraduate course that focuses on human-environment relationships. The module explains that land use/cover change has occurred at all times in all parts of the world, and that most affected and involved in these processes are the environmental spheres of water, soil, and vegetative cover, which are closely linked to geomorphology, climate, fauna, and especially human societies. According to the module, the most profound questions with respect to land use/cover and global change are: what forces drive land use/land cover change?; what impacts do these changes have on the environment and on human society?; and how might people respond to them most effectively? The module introduces students to the complexities inherent in these questions, focusing mainly on the first. The module contains 8 tables, 13 figures, a list of acronyms, a guide, a summary, an overview, references for all units, supporting materials, and readings. It is divided into thematically coherent; each unit consists of background information, teaching suggestions, student workshops, and the answers expected for each activity. (Author/BT)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Ecology, Geography, Global Approach, Higher Education, Human Geography, Land Use, Physical Environment, Thematic Approach, Thinking Skills, Undergraduate Study
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.