ERIC Number: EJ748288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 0
Mires, Peter B.
Journal of Geography, v105 n4 p82-184 2006
National Geography Standards for the middle school years generally stress the teaching of latitude and longitude. There are many creative ways to explain the great grid that encircles our planet, but the author has found that students in his college-level geography courses especially enjoy human-interest stories associated with lines of latitude and longitude. In particular, certain nautical "rites of passage" and GPS-enabled adventure show how some people identify with these imaginary lines as places to celebrate and explore. The author contends that humanizing this global geometry enhances student understanding and appreciation at any grade level.
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, National Standards, Geography, College Students, Geometric Concepts, Teaching Methods, Human Geography
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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