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Harper, Robert A. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Suggests that teachers must discover how geography can provide students with an understanding of the contemporary world in which they live. Describes the basic task of geography in general education as providing the basic understandings of human use of the earth. (DK)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Bednarz, Sarah W., Comp.; Ludwig, Gail S., Comp. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Presents the results of a survey of books that every preservice (and inservice) geography teacher should read as recommended by leading geographic educators. Maintains that the diversity of responses mirrors the eclectic nature of geographic educators and the richness of the field. Includes brief bibliographical reviews of five recommended books.…
Descriptors: Books, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography
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Bednarz, Sarah W. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Learning place geography is an important part of school geography. Reports on research findings addressing effective ways to teach place geography. Finds that research indicates significant differences between mnemonic and non-mnemonic treatment groups. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Location
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Hartshorne, Richard – Journal of Geography, 1990
Reprint of a presentation to the National Council of Geography Teachers in 1952 stating that a fundamental error in popular thought about geography is that the land masses of the continents are the basic divisions of the world. Analyzes the U.S. world position and claims the United States has a responsibility for the world's future. (NL)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Pattison, William D. – Journal of Geography, 1990
Reprints an article from a 1964 "Journal of Geography" that defined the four traditions of geography. Proposed a basic nomenclature with associated ideas to confront the pluralism inherent in geographic thought. Claimed that the four traditions offered a pluralistic basis to maintain an alliance between professional geography and pedagogical…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Semple, Ellen Churchill – Journal of Geography, 1990
Reprints a 1904 article from the "Journal of Geography" exploring geography's teaching focus. Argued for unchanged emphasis on the land and its people but advocated a deeper geographical interpretation of history. Contended that teaching should pay attention to scientific interpretation, and that children should discover a self-constructed…
Descriptors: Anthropology, Concept Teaching, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education
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Fitzpatrick, Charlie – Journal of Geography, 1993
Asserts that the power and prices of computers have changed dramatically in recent years. Reviews 10 approaches to using computers in geographic instruction. Includes a 10-item questionnaire to determine whether teachers are using computers effectively. (CFR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Software, Educational Media
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Schlene, Vickie J. – Journal of Geography, 1991
Presents a sampling of items from the ERIC database concerning the teaching of human geography. Includes documents dealing with Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, Antarctica, and geographic concepts. Explains how to obtain ERIC documents. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction, Human Geography
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Nelson, Burton D.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1992
Discusses some misconceptions relating to location and to the earth's hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Provides correction and explanation of various phenomena. Includes ocean names and sizes, sea level, coriolis effect, greenhouse effect, lightning, magma, and mass wasting. Suggests that myths can be dispelled by exposure combined with…
Descriptors: Climate, Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Lyman, Lawrence; Foyle, Harvey – Journal of Geography, 1991
Discusses cooperative learning as a means of teaching geography. Urges production of a positive classroom climate by using group builders and cooperative projects. Suggests projects involving maps, community study, and bulletin boards. Argues that students in cooperative learning become more involved in the subject and more motivated to learn…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Community Study, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Walker, Dan – Journal of Geography, 1996
Presents a model for structuring writing in the geography class with a focus on using maps to prompt writing that will promote student interaction with geographic concepts. Delineates four components of successful writing as fluency, flexibility, frequency, and formality. Includes suggestions for geographic writing activities. (MJP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Smith, Richard V.; Brown, Ann E. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Utilizes students' immediate surroundings (neighborhoods, homes, communities) to illustrate the five basic themes of geography. A list of 35 questions requires students to conduct their own research and relates to basic themes such as location, movement, and regions. Includes suggestions for extending the lesson. (MJP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Community Characteristics, Cultural Traits, Demography
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Martinson, Tom L. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Presents a middle school lesson on the geographic theme of human-environmental interaction. Explains that the natural environments of the Dominican Republic and the gulf region of Alabama are compared and contrasted in the production of sugar cane. Includes maps, graphs, a historic speech, and suggested texts. (DK)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Climate, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Allen, Rodney F.; Molina, Laurie E. S. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Suggests the use of picture postcards as a vehicle for teaching geographic concepts. Describes the development of postcards. Discusses the use of postcards for thinking skill development, as a social historical record, and as a study of the images of the places represented on the cards. (DK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Salter, Kit; Salter, Cathy – Journal of Geography, 1995
Presents an allegory based on the development and dissemination of the National Geography Standards. Uses the allegory to introduce a series of articles dealing with the Standards. Suggests that geography teachers acquire and use the Standards, entitled "Geography for Life: National Geography Standards." (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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