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Loftin, Lacey E. – Geography Teacher, 2019
The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government's largest statistical agency. Located within the Department of Commerce, their mission is to serve as the leading provider of quality data about the nation's people and economy. However, when most people hear the word "census," they associate it with an enumeration of the population…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Federal Government, Census Figures, Federal Programs
Castagneri, Jim – Geography Teacher, 2019
In addition to providing a framework for publishing a wide variety of demographic and economic data, geography also plays a critical role in the management of census field operations. Before the innovation of geographic information systems, the process of defining and mapping sub-county enumeration areas was entirely dependent on paper maps…
Descriptors: Maps, Cartography, Computer Use, Census Figures
Bunin, Chris – Geography Teacher, 2019
The U.S. Census is a geography teacher's toolbox. As a member of the Statistics in Schools (SIS) development team, Chris Bunin was tasked with exploring existing resources to develop lesson plans. is a dynamic online reservoir filled with infographics and visualizations, articles and reports, and best practice instructional materials.…
Descriptors: Census Figures, Web Sites, Resource Materials, Research Tools
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Teaching and learning about demographics and population change in an effective, engaging manner is enriched and enlivened through the use of web mapping tools and spatial data. These tools, enabled by the advent of cloud-based geographic information systems (GIS) technology, bring problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial analysis to every…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Demography, Population Trends, Geographic Information Systems
Headle, Barbara – Geography Teacher, 2019
Historians have long appreciated the value of the U.S. Census as a source of statistical data for studying nineteenth- and twentieth-century American history. However, in ways that many other primary source documents do not, the census reflects and addresses social, political, and economic issues on national, state, and community levels…
Descriptors: United States History, Census Figures, Slavery, History Instruction
Glasier, Victoria; Palmer, Jessica L. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Using current and historical data, the U.S. Census Bureau offers geography teachers activities with resources to use in the classroom. The activities are aligned to the National Geography Standards (2012) and provide real-world data examples while teaching concepts such as environmental changes and population changes. In a geography activity for…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Census Figures, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
Webster, Gerald R. – Geography Teacher, 2019
The Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777 and went into effect in 1781. They were soon found inadequate for smooth governmental operations, particularly as they related to the functioning of the federal government. As a result, a Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia from May 25 to September 17,…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Federal Government, Legislators, Census Figures
Vasquez, Gerson; Dolan, Ryan – Geography Teacher, 2019
Geography is central to the work of the Census Bureau, providing the framework for survey design, sample selection, data collection, tabulation, and dissemination. Geography provides meaning and context to statistical data. To gain a better understanding of population changes within geographic areas, the lesson presented in this article will focus…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Geography, Census Figures, Population Trends
Ratcliffe, Michael R. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Geography provides context to the information collected, tabulated, and disseminated by the Census Bureau, whether data for the United States as a whole, a state, a congressional district, a county or city, or a census tract (roughly the size of a neighborhood). Geographers perform the activities necessary to update and maintain the geographic…
Descriptors: Census Figures, Public Agencies, Geography, Federal Government
Lee-Ammons, Nathan; Riosmena, Fernando – Geography Teacher, 2019
Bangladesh, located in the Northeastern side of South Asia, is bordered by India to the west, north, and east and shares a small border with Myanmar in the hilly southeastern portion of the country. With an estimated population of roughly 163 million, Bangladesh has the world's eighth largest national population. This population lives in a total…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Census Figures, Demography, Housing
Chu, Gregory H.; Hwang, Chul Sue; Choi, Jongnam – Geography Teacher, 2019
The aim of this article is to provide basic geographic background to assist readers in understanding the geography of North Korea. Although few U.S. geographers have traveled to this country, limited information about North Korea can be constructed and compiled. Sources include interviews of South Korean geographers, all volumes of The National…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography, Modern History, Asian History
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Teaching and learning about political boundaries in an effective, engaging manner can be enriched through the use of webGIS mapping tools and spatial data. WebGIS enabled tools bring problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial analysis to education. Teaching with GIS is conducive to a multi-disciplinary, problem-solving learning environment…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
Oberle, Alex; Bess, Joy; Ehmke, Kelsey; Rath, Shelley; Robbins, Amber – Geography Teacher, 2019
With new standards in social science and science, student-centered inquiry drives contemporary geography education. This article introduces and explains the Geo-Inquiry Process. Developed by the National Geographic Society, the Geo-Inquiry Process centers on the fundamental nature of global interconnectedness, the idea that wise decisions at all…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Geography Instruction, Student Centered Learning
Jones, Richard C.; Bagheri, Nazgol – Geography Teacher, 2019
This exercise introduces students to the observation that warming is unequal at the level of regions and countries, helps them analyze why this is so, and encourages reflection on actions by specific countries. In addition, students will uncover the relative roles of methane and carbon dioxide in local warming, the role of greenhouse gas emissions…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Climate, Environmental Education
Barton, Karen S. – Geography Teacher, 2019
This work presents a new teaching module for understanding the geographical dimensions of historical events in Africa. This case study focuses in particular on the Joola shipwreck in Senegal in order to illustrate geographic areas of study including the rural-urban divide, colonial geopolitics, cultural diversity, and West Africa's physical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Geographic Concepts, College Instruction
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