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ERIC Number: EJ1000564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1946-0406
Where in the World Are Our Children? The Child as Emerging Geographer
Ranck, Edna Runnels
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n205 p28-32 May-Jun 2012
During the last century, primary school students studied geography every day. Today, educators are often unfamiliar with geography as an academic subject, limiting it to maps and demographics, topics of little interest to young children. Yet, in a National Geographic Education Foundation survey, "Young Americans Geographically Challenged" ("ExchangeEveryDay," April 25, 2008), the message was that too many young adults appear unprepared for an increasingly global future. This message serves as an alert to early educators about the vital connection geography serves between people and the physical world that begins very early in life; early educators and children are among geography's greatest resources! Just as geographers investigate aspects of the earth's surface and "think in geographic relationships," educators and community leaders must also acquire basic geographic knowledge to teach young children by: (1) Becoming geographically literate; (2) Learning what early educators must know; and (3) Understanding what those in the wider community must do. (Contains 4 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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