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Warmerdam, Barry F. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Examines the required and elective geography courses, staffing, textbooks, and methodology used in Dutch secondary school geography instruction. Shows that geography enjoys a high status, that Dutch textbooks tend to apply major geographic themes to a specific regional setting, and that active learning plays a prominent role. (MJP)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Comparative Education, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives
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Nordstrom, Karl F. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Describes an undergraduate course in applied shoreline management offered in three different formats: traditional lecture, half-lecture half-collaborative, and fully cooperative. Student evaluations significantly supported the fully cooperative format over the others. Discusses the reasons for this and includes examples of the questions used in…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Course Evaluation, Course Objectives
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Vort, Jeanine VanDe – Journal of Geography, 1997
Discusses the development and implementation of a simulation game for a sixth-grade class that used the structure of Thornton Wilder's play, "Our Town," to examine the geographical issues involved in community planning. The land development issue discussed was based on a real-life local concern. (MJP)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Citizen Participation, Community Development, Community Planning
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Zeigler, Donald J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Reviews a research project in which, using library and computer resources, students compiled a comparison profile of selected physical, social, and economic characteristics of Morocco and California. The students evaluated the relative role of environmental variables in influencing the human geography of the two regions. (MJP)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Earth Science, Economic Development, Environmental Influences
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Ostapuk, Michael A. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Examines an interdisciplinary and creative process that uses travel journal entries as the basis for a short story. Included in the process is a delineation of geographic themes. Discusses possible uses of this approach in the classroom. Includes a sample short story. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Critical Thinking, Foreign Countries, Fundamental Concepts
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Harbeck, Richard – Journal of Geography, 1997
Advocates that geography teachers undertake field studies of human systems with their students. Describes a learning process in which teachers take students to a human system (supermarket, hotel) and guide them through exploration and analysis of the system with the goal of building skills that can transfer to other geographic tasks. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction
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Keeler, Christy – Journal of Geography, 1997
Describes a school-community program based on and extending the efforts of the Michigan Model Family Geography Challenge. The program includes inviting community members to participate in hands-on activities, as well as, shared activities between parents and students followed by dinner and socializing. Discusses materials, assessment, and…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Extracurricular Activities
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Payne, Harris; Gay, Susan – Journal of Geography, 1997
Identifies cultural universals as general categories of traits that all cultures possess, the delineation of which can distinguish one culture from another. These include, material culture, social organization, and economic organization. Discusses teaching strategies for exploring these phenomena. Includes a sample lesson and related World Wide…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Elementary Secondary Education
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Arbona, Sonia I.; Hunter, John M. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Presents the results of a field study done on 7 wells providing 37% of the total aquifer production for 4 municipalities in Puerto Rico. Each sampled well showed signs of contamination by heavy metals, nitrate, and semivolatile organic compounds. Although found in low concentrations, current development threatens groundwater quality. (MJP)
Descriptors: Chemical Analysis, Drinking Water, Ecological Factors, Ecology
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Proctor, James D.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1995
Describes a pilot project that implemented and tested an interactive system of multimedia computer learning modules for an introductory human geography course. The project used a sequential learning process moving from initial concepts, to collaborative writing, and on to geographical analyses by the students. Includes assignment examples, system…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Managed Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware
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Sui, Daniel Z. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Provides a comprehensive pedagogical framework for incorporating the Geographical Information System (GIS) into college geography courses. Utilizes Berry's Geographic Matrix to develop approaches to teaching, both about GIS, and with GIS. Considers GIS as a collection of marketable skills, enabling technology, and new discipline. Includes tables…
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Enrichment
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Lee, Jeffrey A. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Introduces college level geography students to the International System of Units (SI), a standardized set of units used in science, engineering, and commerce. Identifies the SI base units as meter, kilogram, second, kelvin, ampere, mole, and candela. Includes geographically relevant examples of each. (MJP)
Descriptors: Codification, Evaluation Methods, Geography, Guidelines
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Rittschof, Kent A.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1996
Maintains that region familiarity is an important prerequisite in the instructional use of cartograms. Cartograms are value-by-area maps that increase or decrease areas in order to illustrate various data (e.g. book reading in the western United States). Discusses necessary cognitive processes for the visualization of data. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cartography, Cognitive Structures, Cues, Encoding (Psychology)
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Miller, Mark M.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1996
Provides a concise and interesting overview of the state of higher education in Cuba, specifically focusing on geography. The interests, methodologies, and programs of Cuban geographers are similar to other countries, albeit at a truncated level due to the United States embargo. Discusses international educational exchange efforts. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Education, College Environment, College Faculty, Economic Impact
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Kimmel, James R. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Maintains that the study of local wetlands provides an excellent means of integrating environmental studies, global studies, and other curricula into geography instruction. Seven tables list ways that studying wetlands illustrate the six essential elements of the National Geography Standards. Includes a list of 17 learning activities. (MJP)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Ecology, Environmental Education, Geography
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