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Hanus, Martin; Havelková, Lenka – Journal of Geography, 2019
Maps are an increasingly used source of information and it is therefore essential to develop map skills in students. A fundamental factor affecting the choice of map skills and the way they are developed is the teacher and his/her concept of map work. Based on the results of a survey and semi-structured interviews among Czech teachers, this study…
Descriptors: Map Skills, Skill Development, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries
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Olson, Judy M. – Journal of Geography, 2006
The ability to see whether a map is equal-area, conformal, or neither is useful for looking intelligently at large-area maps. For example, only if a map is equal-area can reliable judgments of relative size be made. If a map is equal-area, latitude-longitude cells are equal in size between a given pair of parallels, the cells between a given pair…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Map Skills, Locational Skills (Social Studies), Geographic Location
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Gould, Peter R. – Journal of Geography, 1983
A geographical exercise becomes more meaningful and more fun if we feel we can contribute to it in some way. Three map exercises that get college students to participate in a beginning human geography course are presented. (SR)
Descriptors: Cartography, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Human Geography
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Pritchard, Sandra F. – Journal of Geography, 1984
Described are activities which will increase fluency in the use of north, south, east, west, up, and down; reinforce the proper positioning of the cardinal directions on a map grid; relate map symbols to familiar surface features; give practice in identifying map symbols; and provide an opportunity to construct maps. (RM)
Descriptors: Cartography, Geography Instruction, Learning Activities, Locational Skills (Social Studies)
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Meentemeyer, Vernon – Journal of Geography, 1979
Presents a classroom exercise for an introductory physical geography course on the college level which explores some aspects of vegetation mapping and the relationship between climate and vegetation type. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Climate, Educational Objectives, Geography Instruction, Higher Education
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Gillard, Quentin – Journal of Geography, 1979
Describes a cartographic exercise to help students in an introductory geography course on the college level understand the geography of world affairs. The activity involved students in creating a diagrammatic map commensurate with amount of news magazine coverage of various foreign countries. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Cartography, Educational Needs, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Muehrcke, Phillip – Journal of Geography, 1978
Discusses shortcomings of conventional maps and examines how to transform map geography to provide more functional cartographic illustrations. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Cartography, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Saveland, Robert N. – Journal of Geography, 1978
Suggests that small-scale mapping activities can be used in geography courses to help students understand geographic concepts such as latitude, longitude, situation, relative location, and national boundaries. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Learning Activities
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Chiodo, John J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Presents the results of a study contrasting conventional instruction with protocol lessons (a sequence of lessons based on developmental stages of learning with each lesson building on the previous one) concerning sketch maps. The students taught with the protocol lessons showed significant improvement over the other group. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Cognitive Structures, Cognitive Style, Developmental Stages
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Linn, Sophia Emmanouilides – Journal of Geography, 1997
Summarizes a two-week experiment where seventh graders researched and produced map products using both traditional and computer-assisted techniques. Quantitative results showed little difference in learning content between the groups but qualitative results suggested that students prefer the computers. Includes graphical analysis and tabular data.…
Descriptors: Cartography, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change
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Gregg, Madeleine – Journal of Geography, 1997
Reports on a study where pairs of students in the fifth and seventh grades generated and answered questions based on maps. Results indicated that students most often generated three types of questions: (1) symbol reading, (2) inferring latitude and longitude, and (3) interpreting scale. Analyzes these questions in regard to cognitive processes.…
Descriptors: Cartography, Cognitive Processes, Content Analysis, Geography
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Kirman, Joseph M. – Journal of Geography, 1996
Describes an educational game that is designed to review and reinforce elementary map and compass skills and help children to use maps to plot routes to specific locations in urban areas. The game is based on a tag procedure and can be used with almost any large-scale street map. (MJP)
Descriptors: Community, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Geographic Concepts
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Leinhardt, Gaea; Stainton, Catherine; Bausmith, Jennifer Merriman – Journal of Geography, 1998
Summarizes a study that maintains that students who work together in small groups had a better understanding of map concepts. Discusses why making maps in groups can enhance students' conceptual geographic understanding and offers suggestions for improving geography instructions using small group configurations. Includes statistical and graphic…
Descriptors: Cartography, Cooperative Learning, Experiential Learning, Fundamental Concepts
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Fitzpatrick, Charlie – Journal of Geography, 1990
Examines how geography is particularly well suited to classroom uses of computers. Discusses available geography software in three categories: database, exploratory, and simulation, linking programs to the skills they develop. Provides a list of catalogs and geographic computer programs that teachers may find helpful. (DB)
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Advanced Placement Programs, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation
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David, David W. – Journal of Geography, 1990
Provides a sequential set of instructions for creating a large playground map. Discusses the educational benefits of such a map, and suggests activities for using the map effectively. Stresses the usefulness of maps in teaching place identification, spatial patterns, and directional orientation. (RW)
Descriptors: Cartography, Concept Teaching, Elementary Education, Geographic Concepts
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