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ERIC Number: EJ747376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
Overcoming Scale when Teaching about the World's Complexity
Birdsall, Stephen S.
Journal of Geography, v103 n2 p47-54 2004
One special difficulty in teaching world geography is overcoming the scale differential between individual students' direct experiences and the immense size and complexity of the world. An innovative framework of operational principles, or maxims, has been suggested, and an application of the framework is described. Students search out examples in the "New York Times" of maxim use or misuse by public figures to test their understanding of the maxims' applicability to information regularly encountered outside the course. Changes are proposed based on the nature of student responses to foster a more constructive learning experience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York