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Moran, Peter William; Moran, Mark – Geography Teacher, 2015
In high school American history classrooms all over the country, the Civil War is a staple in the curriculum. Of course, that is to be expected given the pivotal place that the Civil War occupies in the nation's history. Indeed, it is not unusual for high school teachers to devote weeks of instruction to exploring the causes leading up to the war,…
Descriptors: United States History, War, History Instruction, High School Students
Lisenbee, Peggy; Hallman, Christine; Landry, Debbie – Geography Teacher, 2015
Geocaching is an inquiry-based activity encouraging creativity, active learning, and real-world problem solving. As such, it is an educational opportunity for students in all grade levels. Educators benefit by observing students using higher-order thinking instead of rote learning offered by using traditional worksheets, tests, or quizzes. Also,…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Navigation
Akinyemi, Felicia O. – Geography Teacher, 2015
Technology has transformed how teachers and students search, access, use, analyze, and present information in and outside the classroom. Among the numerous technologies creating opportunities and changes in education is Geographic Information Systems (GIS; Kerski et al. 2013). Over the years, GIS in secondary school programs has been introduced…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Educational Technology
Roberts, Kathryn L.; Brugar, Kristy A. – Geography Teacher, 2014
In this article, Kathryn Roberts & Kristy Brugar discuss their assessment of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade children's understandings of the types of maps commonly found in their social studies text and trade books, and the knowledge and misconceptions it revealed. They then discuss how teachers might begin to address those issues with…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Maps, Textbooks, Intervention
Purcell, Jane – Geography Teacher, 2014
Many teachers struggle with helping their students simultaneously comprehend and retain the information that they read. These classroom educators have students take notes (copious amounts of notes) that neither produces the intended learning effect nor actively engages the student in the learning process. One way to increase retention is through…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Human Geography, Geography Instruction, Advanced Placement
Hutson, Martha; Rutherford, David J.; Foster, Ellen J.; Richardson, Bobbie – Geography Teacher, 2014
This article presents one approach to providing geography education training to pre-service teachers--a two-day, professional development conference dedicated to preservice teachers and provided to them at no cost. The authors begin by explaining more fully the need for reaching pre-service teachers with good training in geography education. A…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Professional Development, Formative Evaluation
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Tabor, Lisa K.; Harrington, John A., Jr. – Geography Teacher, 2014
The brain perceives, recognizes, interprets, comprehends, appreciates, and remembers experiences that are both text and non-text or verbal and nonverbal. This article discusses Dual- encoding as a proven method of teaching that increases student learning retention and incorporates multiple learning styles. Students learn both subjects better when…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Workshops
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Yang, Daihu; Wang, Ziying; Wu, Xianliang; Fu, Wenru – Geography Teacher, 2014
Location, where geographic elements interwork spatially and dynamically, has been one of the enduring themes in geographic studies. There are a number of location theories to explain why things are located where they are. Alfred Weber's location theory stresses that the least cost of delivering products is a key factor in location selection, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Geography Instruction, Geographic Location, Business
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MacLeod, Douglas G. – Geography Teacher, 2014
In this article, a retired long-time geography teacher offers his perspective on what a geography teacher needs to keep in mind when teaching geography. The author notes that geography is a useful school subject because it helps young people make their way in the world by giving them some tools to become lifelong learners. The author encourages…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Intellectual Disciplines, Geographic Concepts
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Strait, John – Geography Teacher, 2014
Over time, fewer and fewer geography scholars have the opportunity to actually engage in fieldwork. This article summarizes a field experience shared by a group of geography faculty and students who traveled through the Mississippi Delta endeavoring to study the dynamic nature of the region's blues music and culture. This endeavor entailed the…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism
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Krahenbuhl, Kevin – Geography Teacher, 2014
This article discusses a field-based study conducted at a small university in southeastern South Dakota in the spring of 2013 during a course in geography for elementary teachers. The course was designed to review and go into depth with college-level content including both human and physical fields of geography. Additionally, it integrates…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Physical Geography, Human Geography, Field Experience Programs
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Jones, Mark C. – Geography Teacher, 2014
This article describes a lesson plan on achieving synthesis, the integration of diverse information sources to create a new whole, vital to the intellectual task of the geographer. This is true regardless of the type of geography being conducted or studied. Synthesis remains central to geography, whether understanding a region, pulling together an…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Geographic Regions, Intellectual Disciplines
Carnahan, Laura; Pankratz, Mary Jo; Alberts, Heike – Geography Teacher, 2014
While many college physical geography instructors already use a wide variety of creative teaching approaches in their classes, others have not yet been exposed to teaching with toys, household items, or food. The goal in this article is to present some ideas for teaching college-level physical geography (weather/climate and geomorphology) for…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Physical Geography, College Instruction, Toys
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Wertheim, Jill A.; Edelson, Daniel C.; Hildebrant, Barbara; Hinde, Elizabeth; Kenney, Marianne; Kolvoord, Robert; Lanegran, David; Marcello, Jody Smothers; Morrill, Robert; Ruiz-Primo, Maria; Seixas, Peter; Shavelson, Richard – Geography Teacher, 2013
In late 2012, both the second edition of the "Geography for Life: National Geography Standards" and the National Science Foundation-funded "Road Map for Geography Education Project" reports were released; the former document describes the conceptual goals for K-12 geography education, and the latter, a route to coordinating reform efforts to…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Geography, Educational Change
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Robinson, Michael – Geography Teacher, 2013
Growing up in Loretto, Tennessee, population 1,700, people called it "going to town" when they went to any city big enough to have a McDonald's, Walmart, or a movie theater. If someone is not from a small town, they may not know what type of economic activities a small town can support. Will the town have a police department? Will there…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Geography Instruction, Area Studies, Field Studies
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