ERIC Number: EJ783980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
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Observing Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia: Using an Urban Field Study to Enhance Student Experiences and Instructor Knowledge in Urban Geography
Martin, Deborah G.
Journal of Geography, v102 n1 p35-41 Jan 2003
In urban geography courses, knowledge of a local area is especially useful for demonstrating geographic principles. These classroom examples are further enhanced when students conduct their own field observations, with direction from the instructor. This paper describes a field study of the metropolitan Atlanta area that is used in an intermediate geography class, in which students compare their observations of Atlanta with urban geography models and theories. I argue that the preparation of the project, and the completion of it by students, represents a valuable firsthand observation experience for both the instructor and the students.
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Student Experience, Urban Areas, Field Studies, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Schematic Studies, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Program Descriptions, Metropolitan Areas
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia