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Lane, Joseph M.; Stoltman, Joseph P. – Journal of Geography, 2017
Guided educational tours are a major activity within informal education. This article examines the potential for tour guides of a largely historical tour of St. Helena Island, Michigan, to include physical geography within the tour. Using field data and interview methods, the researchers identified the physical features of the island that could be…
Descriptors: Tourism, Geography Instruction, Physical Geography, History
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Harris, Lauren McArthur; Wirz, Jennifer Palacios; Hinde, Elizabeth R.; Libbee, Michael – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article describes the findings of a study involving a professional development program that prepared middle school teachers to integrate content on the earliest eras of world history and world geography. In particular, this study focused on participants' (n = 37) use of geographic resources to integrate geography and history and to encourage…
Descriptors: Geography, Instruction, History Instruction, Faculty Development
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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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Henry, Paul; Semple, Hugh – Journal of Geography, 2012
GIS has shown promise in Project Based Learning (PBL) environments, but many obstacles exist in its integration into school curriculums. This article discusses the development and utilization of an online GIS tool that was created to illustrate that the perceptual gap between relevance and ease of use of GIS software can be bridged at the K-12…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Earth Science, Computer Software, Active Learning
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WinklerPrins, Antoinette M. G. A.; Weisenborn, Beth N.; Groop, Richard E.; Arbogast, Alan F. – Journal of Geography, 2007
During academic year 1999-2000, the Geography Department at Michigan State University (MSU) launched a program of online geography courses. Since then, four undergraduate online geography courses have been collectively developed and delivered to over 4,500 domestic and international students in association with MSU's Virtual University Design and…
Descriptors: Geography, Virtual Universities, Online Courses, Geography Instruction
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Keeler, Christy – Journal of Geography, 1997
Describes a school-community program based on and extending the efforts of the Michigan Model Family Geography Challenge. The program includes inviting community members to participate in hands-on activities, as well as, shared activities between parents and students followed by dinner and socializing. Discusses materials, assessment, and…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Extracurricular Activities