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Phillips, Daniel W.; Montello, Daniel R. – Journal of Geography, 2015
Previous research has examined heuristics--simplified decision-making rules-of-thumb--for geospatial reasoning. This study examined at two locations the influence of beliefs about local coastline orientation on estimated directions to local and distant places; estimates were made immediately or after fifteen seconds. This study goes beyond…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Decision Making, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills
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Zeigler, Donald J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Reviews a research project in which, using library and computer resources, students compiled a comparison profile of selected physical, social, and economic characteristics of Morocco and California. The students evaluated the relative role of environmental variables in influencing the human geography of the two regions. (MJP)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Earth Science, Economic Development, Environmental Influences
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Wilvert, Calvin – Journal of Geography, 1994
Contends that, as Spain integrates into the European Economic Community, it is considered to be Europe's California. Asserts that making regional comparisons between California and Spain can be an effective teaching method. Provides comparisons in such areas as agriculture and tourism. (CFR)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Educational Strategies
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Montz, Burrell E.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1989
Explains how studying a floodplain can help students analyze the interactions between humans and the physical environment. Analyzes data from two cities in California to demonstrate that housing prices did not rebound after a flood. (GG)
Descriptors: Community Planning, Community Study, Earth Science, Environment
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Crooker, Richard A.; Sherman, Douglas J. – Journal of Geography, 1986
Describes how a combination of mapping and techniques can be used as a basis for measuring and analyzing student locational awareness of California. The case study analysis reveals that there was considerable variation in students' accuracy and precision in locating places. Includes tables and maps. (TRS)
Descriptors: Cartography, Educational Testing, Geography, Geography Instruction