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Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 2016
This article examines Advanced Placement Human Geography (AP HG) in the context of its place in efforts to reform geography education. It presents a critical analysis of the AP program and its curriculum, asserting that it represents "powerful knowledge" as conceptualized by Young. It concludes with a call for research in AP HG aligned…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Advanced Placement Programs, Human Geography, Educational Change
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Huynh, Niem Tu; Solem, Michael; Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article provides an overview of learning progressions (LP) and assesses the potential of this line of research to improve geography education. It presents the merits and limitations of three of the most common approaches used to conduct LP research and draws on one approach to propose a first draft of a LP on map reading and interpretation.…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Maps, Map Skills
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Jo, Injeong; Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 2014
The primary objectives of this article are: (1) to conceptualize teacher dispositions related to teaching spatial thinking in geography classrooms; and (2) to propose an exemplar assessment that can be used to prepare teachers who are disposed toward teaching spatial thinking through geography. A detailed description of the construction procedures…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Characteristics