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ERIC Number: EJ902606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
Map Interpretation Instruction in Introductory Textbooks: A Preliminary Investigation
Gillen, Jamie; Skryzhevska, Liza; Henry, Mary C.; Green, Jerry
Journal of Geography, v109 n5 p181-189 2010
Maps are often understood as the primary tool in geography; however, recent research indicates that the number of students taking map interpretation courses has declined. As geography students are expected to master the uses of maps, this study investigates the materials available in introductory collegiate textbooks that promote the development of those skills. Seventeen widely used introductory geography texts are analyzed for the following: the presence of text material dedicated to map interpretation; content related to map interpretation concepts; and additional resources such as study boxes designed to enhance student map interpretation abilities. After taking an inventory of introductory geography textbooks, findings indicate broad inclusion of map interpretation concepts in physical, human, world regional, and general geography textbooks, although physical and general geography textbooks include more substantive map interpretation explanation and tools than their human and world regional counterparts. This study is intended to be useful for instructors evaluating the breadth and depth of map interpretation concepts and tools in introductory textbooks, as well as those looking for specific terms or exercises to use in classroom instruction. (Contains 3 notes, 4 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A