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ERIC Number: EJ837144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Assessing Students' Acquisition of Basic Geographical Knowledge
Dal, Burckin
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v17 n2 p114-130 May 2008
This paper reports the findings of a survey conducted to investigate students' knowledge of geography, such as an accurate understanding of the basic vocabulary and essential concepts associated with the representative geographic locations, described here as "spatial landmarks". The factors that influence their learning, and how their perceived levels change after one year in all classroom levels, are also discussed. Students from a range of classroom levels participated in the survey: 229 middle school (12-15 years), 158 high school (16-18 years) and 66 university students. The results demonstrated that although the geography community has spent significant time and energy developing and disseminating alternative instructional strategies for use in all classroom levels, the limited conceptual gain experienced by students suggests that a different curriculum-development approach is warranted. In particular, the effects of curriculum and pedagogy on student conceptual understanding as well as the mechanisms for conceptual change in all classroom levels need to be studied in detail. (Contains 2 notes, 2 tables, and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: France