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Choi, Yusik – Journal of Geography, 2021
Computers and geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems, Google Earth, and the Global Positioning System (GPS) are increasingly common tools for geography instruction in schools. The NAEP Data Explorer was used to conduct an analysis of geography achievement in the eighth grade based on differences in students' access to and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Academic Achievement, Grade 8, Geographic Information Systems
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Paulus, Licia; Nolan, Kelly – Journal of Geography, 2021
Using the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) datasets for geography, we explore relationships between geography achievement in the eighth grade and contextual variables related to the content and organization of the geography/social studies curriculum. Differences in student achievement are associated with grade-level…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Academic Achievement, Middle School Students, Grade 8
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Solem, Michael; Vaughan, Phillip; Savage, Corey; De Nadai, Alessandro S. – Journal of Geography, 2021
This paper examines national gaps and trends in geography achievement in eighth grade from 1994 to 2018. Statistical models comprising student- and school-level variables were developed to predict achievement using data provided by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Although there were statistically significant relationships…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
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Makowsky, Michael; Martin, Zackary – Journal of Geography, 2021
Student and teacher attitudes toward school subjects are associated with varying levels of achievement in those subjects. This study analyzed data from the 2018 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to explore relationships between geography achievement in 8th grade, student attitudes toward geography, and teacher attitudes about…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Secondary School Students
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Rueschhoff, Jan; Palma, Heather – Journal of Geography, 2021
The relationship between teacher quality and student achievement is often at the heart of educational debates about student success. In this study, we leverage data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to explore relationships between geography achievement in the 8th grade and various indicators of teacher quality. We found…
Descriptors: Correlation, Teacher Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Teaching Experience
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Moorman, Lynn; Djavaherpour, Hessam; Etemad, Katayoon; Samavati, Faramarz F. – Journal of Geography, 2021
A novel method to create a physicalization of Digital Earth resulted a new type of analogue and tactile geographic information system (GIS). The model was tested by students in Australia, who shared insights into how the model supported their learning about the concept of "overlay" while providing an interesting and engaging learning…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Spatial Ability, Geographic Information Systems, Foreign Countries
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Solem, Michael; Stoltman, Joseph – Journal of Geography, 2020
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program periodically conducts national-level assessments of student achievement in geography. In July 2019, the National Assessment Governing Board announced a decision to eliminate geography, economics, arts, and foreign language assessments from the NAEP testing schedule through 2029. In…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Geography, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation
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Egiebor, Esohe E.; Foster, Ellen J. – Journal of Geography, 2019
This article describes the findings of a qualitative phenomenographic study that explored students' engagement from the perspective of the students. It describes how the participants perceived their engagement when they learned social studies using GIS Story Maps. Qualitative data collection involved classroom observations, student-written…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Geography Instruction, Social Studies, Geographic Information Systems
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Xuan, Xiaowei; Jin, Qingna; Jo, Injeong; Duan, Yushan; Kim, Mijung – Journal of Geography, 2019
Few studies, if any, have systematically investigated the connection or relationship between geography curriculum and scientific literacy. With this realization, in this article, we examined the potential contribution of geography curriculum to developing students' scientific literacy, with China's middle-school geography curriculum as an example.…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Scientific Literacy, Foreign Countries
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Collins, Larianne – Journal of Geography, 2018
This study investigates whether spatial learning outcomes differ with respect to different instructional media. Spatial thinking skills were tested pre- and postlesson implementation via the spatial thinking ability test as eighth grade students participated in either paper-based or digital map-based instruction. Students' attitudes toward…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, Electronic Learning, Cognitive Tests
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Liesch, Matthew; Dunklee, Linda M.; Legg, Robert J.; Feig, Anthony D.; Krause, Austin Jena – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article provides a history of efforts to map vernacular regions as context for offering readers a way of using business directories in order to construct a GIS-based map of vernacular regions. With Michigan as a case study, the article discusses regional-naming conventions, boundaries, and inclusions and omissions of areas from regional…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Maps, Grade 8
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Feeney, Alison E. – Journal of Geography, 2003
This study was conducted to assess interactive multimedia for aiding students with dyslexia to learn geography. Guided by the National Geography Standards, four sections of a lesson were created in two formats: traditional text and interactive multimedia. Forty-six eighth grade students (dyslexic and non-dyslexic) participated. They took a pretest…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Dyslexia, Pretests Posttests, Grade 8
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Baker, Thomas R.; White, Steven H. – Journal of Geography, 2003
This paper examines a non-equivalent quasi-experimental research effort, wherein two versions of a two week Project Based Learning unit were developed, implemented, and assessed. Students used a collaborative GIS or paper maps to support data analysis activities in this eighth grade Earth science unit. Attitude and self-efficacy in science as…
Descriptors: Geography, Information Systems, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy