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ERIC Number: EJ1094791
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
The Cultural Legacies of Slavery in Virginia: Advancing Geo-Literacy in an Interdisciplinary Context
Finn, John C.; Mazzocca, Ann E.; Goetz, Evan; Gibson, Lisa
Geography Teacher, v12 n4 p139-143 2015
In this special section of "The Geography Teacher" the authors report on two Virginia Geographic Alliance-sponsored workshops that they convened during the spring semester of 2014. The central objective of these workshops was to bring pre-service education students in Virginia together with social studies teachers from around the state for a series of interdisciplinary workshops that focused on the cultural legacy and lasting impacts of slavery in Virginia. Specifically, they were interested in engaging with educators and future educators in a way that got at both the spatiality of race and American racial history. The first workshop took place in Richmond, Virginia, in February 2014 and focused on Africanist aesthetic legacies in contemporary culture and performance. The second workshop took place in Newport News, Virginia, in March 2014 and focused specifically on racialized and racializing cultural landscapes in the region. In preparing for the workshops, the authors asked applicants (nearly sixty in all) to articulate their specific interest(s) in the workshops. Based on this initial questionnaire, two key themes in applicants' interests emerged: race and interdisciplinarity. Based on the comments provided before the workshops took place, the authors feel that the broad range of interests expressed by applicants aligned well with their goals of increasing geoliteracy in an interdisciplinary context by focusing on the cultural legacies of slavery in Virginia. The remainder of this special issue provides a more in-depth analysis of each of the workshops separately before presenting several lesson plans that teacher-student groups prepared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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