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Solem, Michael; Stoltman, Joseph – Journal of Geography, 2020
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program periodically conducts national-level assessments of student achievement in geography. In July 2019, the National Assessment Governing Board announced a decision to eliminate geography, economics, arts, and foreign language assessments from the NAEP testing schedule through 2029. In…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Geography, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation
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Downs, Roger M. – Journal of Geography, 2014
A goal of geography education is fostering geographic literacy for all and building significant expertise for some. How much time and practice do students need to become literate or expert in geography? There is not an answer to this question. Using two concepts from cognitive psychology--the ideas of ten thousand hours and deliberate…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Cognitive Psychology, Expertise
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Wilbanks, T. J. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Maintains that the choice of geography as one of the core subjects in the America 2000 and Goals 2000 reform plans provides an opportunity to increase its role in the school curriculum. Argues that those who chose geography have a different view of the discipline than professional geographers. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Policy, Educational Trends
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Marran, James F. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Reviews developments in geography education since World War II. Finds reasons for cautious optimism as a result of the development of national standards in core curriculum subjects and earlier efforts by the Geography Education National Implementation Project. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
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Boehm, Richard G.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1994
Contends that, despite recent successes, the geographic education community faces serious problems based on its failure to create and maintain strategies for effect preservice teacher education. Argues that a broad cooperative program involving teachers, school district officials, geographic educators, and the community is a potential remedy. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Downs, Roger M. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Argues that geography education lacks empirical data that might inform and underpin decisions about standards setting, curriculum design, materials development, teaching strategies, and assessment procedures. Identifies four needs: (1) a new attitude toward research; (2) baseline studies; (3) a research agenda; and (4) a research clearinghouse.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Bednarz, Robert S.; Petersen, James – Journal of Geography, 1994
Contends that geographic education has received increased attention during the past decade from professional geographers, K-12 educators, and the general public. Reviews current efforts and future directions of geographic education and states that all geographic educators share the responsibility for continuing the progress of the reform movement.…
Descriptors: Articulation (Education), Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational History