ERIC Number: EJ721250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 34
Transition and Transformation: The Influence of a Learning Package on Student Performance in Soils Geography Studies
Korze, Ana Vovk
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v29 n3 p369-384 Nov 2005
Recent political and economic developments in Slovenia, especially its accession to the European Union in 2004, have led to a significant reappraisal of the geography curriculum in higher education, and particularly those elements dealing with the teaching of soils. Physical geography, and especially soils geography, has long been an important part of the geographical curriculum in Slovenian universities, and it is also regarded as its most demanding element. This paper describes a 10-year project that sought to make the learning of soils geography more accessible to geography undergraduates, principally those undergoing teacher training. The project has created a new, student-centred soils geography learning resource called the Pedo-Geographical Package (PGP). Users report that the package has increased learner knowledge recall, the quality of acquired knowledge and interest in soils geography. Improvements were also reported in learners' skills in independent, creative and critical thinking and confidence, resulting in students no longer considering the subject so demanding. The package helped students acquire more soils geography knowledge, and to understand, use and explore this knowledge through their own research. The results of an evaluation survey reveal a statistically significant difference between PGP-using and non-PGP using groups.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Modules, Physical Geography, Geography Instruction, Map Skills, Soil Science, Higher Education, Curriculum Development, Preservice Teacher Education, Student Evaluation, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Slovenia