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ERIC Number: EJ932885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
Developing Visualization Tools for Geographic Literacy in a Museum Exhibit: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Bloodworth, Gina; Petersen, Naomi Jeffery
Journal of Geography, v110 n4 p137-147 2011
As a result of reduced formal instruction and reduced direct experience in the natural environment, students suffer from a deficiency in geographic literacy. Informal learning environments, such as a model railroad exhibit at a history museum, can be exploited to introduce key geographic concepts (e.g., scalar compression, landscape transformations, and human-environment interaction). Presented here are historically and geographically accurate visualization tools developed via community collaboration across disciplines (geography/education) and institutions (university/museum/community volunteers). This article highlights geographic learning that takes place in informal education settings. (Contains 8 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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