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Baker, Tom R.; Battersby, Sarah; Bednarz, Sarah W.; Bodzin, Alec M.; Kolvoord, Bob; Moore, Steven; Sinton, Diana; Uttal, David – Journal of Geography, 2015
Knowledge around geospatial technologies and learning remains sparse, inconsistent, and overly anecdotal. Studies are needed that are better structured; more systematic and replicable; attentive to progress and findings in the cognate fields of science, technology, engineering, and math education; and coordinated for multidisciplinary approaches.…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Faculty Development, Geography Instruction, Thinking Skills
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Jo, Injeong; Bednarz, Sarah W. – Journal of Geography, 2011
This study investigates the location and varying spatiality of questions in geography textbooks. The results show that study questions posed in page margins address the three components of spatial thinking--concepts of space, using tools of representation, and processes of reasoning--more than questions in other locations within the text. Three…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Spatial Ability, Cognitive Processes, Thinking Skills
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Bednarz, Sarah W. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Learning place geography is an important part of school geography. Reports on research findings addressing effective ways to teach place geography. Finds that research indicates significant differences between mnemonic and non-mnemonic treatment groups. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Location
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Bednarz, Sarah W.; Bednarz, Robert S. – Journal of Geography, 1995
Maintains that improving preservice geography teacher education is difficult because few geography faculty understand the teacher education process and many education professors are not well-educated geographically. Discusses 13 recommendations to improve preservice geography teacher education. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography
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Bednarz, Sarah W.; Bednarz, Robert S. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Describes the national geography standards, "Geography for Life," part of the Goals 2000 program. Asserts that the standards define the most important elements of geography content and instruction. Discusses innovative features of the standards and presents suggestions for using them. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education