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Pingel, Thomas J. – Journal of Geography, 2018
Game-based Web sites and applications are changing the ways in which students learn the world map. In this study, a Web map-based digital learning tool was used as a study aid for a university-level geography course in order to examine the way in which global scale cognitive maps are constructed. A network analysis revealed that clicks were…
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Geography, Geography Instruction, Electronic Learning
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Hsu, Hsiao-Ping; Tsai, Bor-Wen; Chen, Che-Ming – Journal of Geography, 2018
Teaching high-school geomorphological concepts and topographic map reading entails many challenges. This research reports the applicability and effectiveness of Google Earth in teaching topographic map skills and geomorphological concepts, by a single teacher, in a one-computer classroom. Compared to learning via a conventional instructional…
Descriptors: Maps, Map Skills, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education
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Huynh, Niem Tu; Solem, Michael; Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article provides an overview of learning progressions (LP) and assesses the potential of this line of research to improve geography education. It presents the merits and limitations of three of the most common approaches used to conduct LP research and draws on one approach to propose a first draft of a LP on map reading and interpretation.…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Maps, Map Skills
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Battersby, Sarah E.; Kessler, Fritz C. – Journal of Geography, 2012
The ability to recognize distortions of, for example, areas, angles, and landmass shapes in global-scale map projections, is an important part of critical map reading and use. This study investigates the cues used by individuals when they assess distortion on global-scale map projections. It was hypothesized that landmass shape would be a dominant…
Descriptors: Evidence, Cues, Measures (Individuals), Map Skills
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Cooper, Catherine W. – Journal of Geography, 2002
This map contest is an exercise in geographic education for fourth grade students. It is sponsored by a grassroots, nonprofit environmental organization to raise the awareness and appreciation of students to the special features of their home region. The maps illustrate some aspect of the living resources or history of the region. As a case study…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Publicity, Geography, Map Skills
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Churchill, Robert R.; Frankland, Phillip – Journal of Geography, 1980
Describes a college-level geography course in which the instructor used computer assisted instruction to introduce students to some commonly encountered mapping problems. Concludes that interactive mapping programs give students a more comprehensive understanding and appreciation of spatial concepts than can be acquired through conventional…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Course Descriptions, Educational Practices, Geography
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Kirman, Joseph M.; Nyitrai, Lorna – Journal of Geography, 1998
Argues that Radarsat satellite images should be used in elementary classrooms to teach geography. Studies the abilities of children to interpret features of a Radarsat image. Shows that they can interpret major geographical features on the image but had problems finding Radarsat locations on road maps. (DSK)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Audiovisual Instruction, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education
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Lindquist, Peter S.; Hammel, Daniel J. – Journal of Geography, 1998
Describes an exercise for college and high school students that relates descriptive statistics to the regional climatic classification. The exercise introduces students to simple calculations of central tendency and dispersion, the construction and interpretation of scatterplots, and the definition of climatic regions. Forces students to engage…
Descriptors: Cartography, Climate, College Instruction, Data
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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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Brodsky, Harold – Journal of Geography, 1994
Asserts that all maps lie in two ways: (1) by concealing part of the whole truth or (2) by falsifying some part of the truth. Discusses how this topic can be used in geography instruction. Includes a description of class assignments and figures illustrating how maps and written directions include inaccuracies and deliberate lies. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cartography, Classroom Techniques, Deception, Educational Strategies
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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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