ERIC Number: EJ1021515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
Effects of an Introductory Geography Course on Student Perceptions of Geography at the University of Idaho
Bowlick, Forrest J.; Kolden, Crystal A.
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v37 n4 p515-535 2013
This case study surveyed students in geography courses at the University of Idaho, investigating perceptions of geography's role in their daily lives, relevance to careers or academics, and parts of their geographic skill. Primarily, white, younger than 20, gender-balanced students in Introduction to Physical Geography and Human Geography courses comprised the study sample. A sample of 265 students formed the pre-course survey and 82 students formed the post-course survey. Pre-course, men held a more positive sense of geographic skill, while women viewed more positively geography's relevance to careers and academics. Post-course, women's agreement concerning geography's role significantly increased, outpacing men's agreement.
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Geography Instruction, Student Attitudes, Case Studies, Student Surveys, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, Pretests Posttests, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Skill Analysis, Educational Benefits, Undergraduate Students, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Idaho