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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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Bednarz, Sarah Witham; Bockenhauer, Mark H.; Walk, Fred H. – Journal of Geography, 2005
Geography teacher preparation is an ongoing problem for the discipline. Changes in certification requirements and federal and state educational policies have diminished the role of colleges and universities in educating teachers. At the same time, geography education reform efforts have resulted in higher standards and an increased quantity of…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teacher Education, Mentors, Teacher Certification
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Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 2003
Implementation of "Geography for Life: The National Geography Standards" has met with mixed success. The purpose of this paper is to explore the factors influencing this innovation adoption process. A framework of external and internal factors that influence how teachers come to understand and incorporate the form and function of educational…
Descriptors: Geography, Prior Learning, Educational Innovation, Educational Change
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Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 1998
Argues that the pendulum between federal and state education initiatives has swung to the states; reviews the extent to which state standards have incorporated the recommendations of "Geography for Life." Concludes that the translation of "Geography for Life" into state standards is uneven due to problems of accessibility. (DSK)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education