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ERIC Number: EJ837148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Teaching Hazards Geography and Geographic Information Systems: A Middle School Level Experience
Mitchell, Jerry T.; Borden, Kevin A.; Schmidtlein, Mathew C.
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v17 n2 p170-188 May 2008
Hazards are taught with the belief that knowing something about their occurrence might help us avoid their consequences. The integrative nature of hazards--physical and social systems bound together--is attractive to the student and the instructor alike. Answering why we teach hazards is fairly straightforward. A more pressing question at present is this: how should we teach about hazards? To a large degree, attention towards how we teach hazards in a K-12 environment has been sparse. In this paper we explore the challenges faced when introducing hazards geography in a pre-collegiate setting. Following a review of the status of teaching hazards and the use of geographic information systems as an instructional aid, we outline a hazards course taught successfully for middle school students and discuss implementation obstacles for the traditional classroom. (Contains 5 notes, 5 tables, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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