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Sawyer, Carol F.; Butler, David R.; Curtis, Mary – Journal of Geography, 2010
Environmental change is ideally taught through field observations; however, leaving the classroom is often unrealistic due to financial and logistical constraints. The Internet offers several feasible alternatives using webcams that instructors can use to illustrate a variety of geographic examples and exercises for students. This article explores…
Descriptors: Physical Geography, Physical Environment, Classroom Techniques, Technology Uses in Education
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Butler, David R. – Journal of Geography, 1991
Discusses beavers and their geomorphic impacts on their environment. Considers dam building, bank burrowing, and canal building. Suggests using the beaver as a classroom and field trip example to illustrate animals' effects on the physical landscape. Provides a review of published works on beavers in their roles as geomorphic agents. (DK)
Descriptors: Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Influences, Field Trips
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Butler, David R.; Wilkerson, Forrest D. – Journal of Geography, 2000
Discusses university field courses and field trips. Offers alternatives to summer fieldwork, describing college-level field trips during spring, autumn, and winter. Concludes that the fun of fieldwork is essential and that a dialogue should occur between university instructors and K-12 teachers. (CMK)
Descriptors: College Students, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning
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Butler, David R. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Asserts that the theme of movement in physical geography is important but difficult to convey to students. Contends that repeat photography, portraying movement of physical features on the landscape through the seasons of a year, is a valuable instructional method. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Earth Science, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Butler, David R. – Journal of Geography, 1988
Illustrates the importance of studying the snow avalanche as a natural hazard. Describes the various kinds of snow avalanches, the types of triggering mechanisms that produce them, the typical avalanche terrain, and the geomorphic and the vegetative evidence for snow avalanching. Depicts methods of human adjustment to the avalanche hazard.…
Descriptors: Climate, Earth Science, Global Approach, Human Geography