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Gersmehl, Philip J.; Gersmehl, Carol A. – Journal of Geography, 2007
The human brain appears to have several "regions" that are structured to do different kinds of spatial thinking, according to a large and rapidly growing body of research in a number of disciplines. Building on a previous review of research with older children and adults, this article summarizes the research on spatial thinking by young children.…
Descriptors: Young Children, Neurology, Brain, Spatial Ability
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Gersmehl, Philip J. – Journal of Geography, 1985
Suggestions for effective use of overhead projectors include making images large, preparing standard base maps, making lettering clear, presenting only one idea per overhead, keeping things simple, using only half a page for each image, using the overhead as a chalkboard, using color thoughtfully, making symbols bold, and anticipating emergencies.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement
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Gersmehl, Philip J.; Kammrath, William H. – Journal of Geography, 1977
Describes three college level simulations designed to help students understand geographic location. Presented for each simulation is an abstract map, a set of rules, geographic principles illustrated in the game, and explanation of how the game relates to a real-world situation. Rule simplification for use in grades 3-12 is discussed. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geographic Location
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Gersmehl, Philip J.; Kammrath, William H. – Journal of Geography, 1979
Presents a method for teaching about climate in introductory physical geography and earth science classes. A classification scheme consists of four basic types: instability, inversion, subsidence, and frontal; four seasonal hybrids based on combinations of the basic types; and three topographic variants: highlands, rainshadows, and coasts. (KC)
Descriptors: Climate, Earth Science, Geography Instruction, Higher Education
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Gersmehl, Philip J. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Discusses the proper use of themes in teaching. Examines the five themes of geography: location, place, interaction, movement, and region. Presents counterpoints demonstrating the value of analogies as a less direct way of introducing a theme. Argues that teaching is an art and a craft requiring diplomacy and creativity. (DK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction, Higher Education
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Gersmehl, Philip J.; Andrews, Sona K. – Journal of Geography, 1986
Used to satisfy the communications requirement of an undergraduate core curriculum, this article provides a curricular rationale, course outline, behavioral objectives, teaching strategies, and modes of evaluation for a course on the language of maps. (JDH)
Descriptors: Communications, Course Descriptions, Geography Instruction, Higher Education
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Gersmehl, Philip J. – Journal of Geography, 1985
Tips to help geography educators successfully use slides with their lectures are provided. They include such suggestions as know your equipment, change slides often, consider the psychophysics of the viewer, don't take pictures from a moving car, show only one thing at a time, and never be arty. (RM)
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Slides
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Gersmehl, Philip J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Asserts that, to participate in a modern economy, every region needs at least one "bigjob" (basic income generating-job). Describes a mapping activity that helps students identify bigjobs in state economies. Uses California as an example and reveals that, contrary to popular opinion, real estate is California's bigjob. (MJP)
Descriptors: Business, Economic Factors, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns
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Andrews, Sona K.; Gersmehl, Philip J. – Journal of Geography, 1986
Offers nine suggestions for video tape production and instructional use in a student laboratory for a cartography course. Briefly discusses costs and benefits, including more time for instructors to focus on specific techniques and individual questions. (TRS)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Instruction, Cartography, Geography, Geography Instruction