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Hall, Christopher; Johnston-Anumonwo, Ibipo – Journal of Geography, 2016
This article provides an overview of selected current concerns in cultural geography and the way it is taught. It includes coverage of cultural convergence and divergence, race and gender as culturally defined topics, and best teaching practices, including those related to analyzing controversial issues. Two important geographical models are laid…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Advanced Placement Programs, Human Geography, Race
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Weaver, Russell – Journal of Geography, 2015
"Sustainability" features in numerous discourses, each of which frames the issue according to its particular worldview(s). Thus there is no singular sustainability conception, but multiple sustainabilities that compete with one another for prominence in various realms. This article presents a framework to assist students in navigating…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Sustainability, Academic Discourse, Undergraduate Students
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Mitchell, Martin D. – Journal of Geography, 2014
The understanding of maps drawn or significantly influenced by American Indians fosters critical thinking, cultural diversity, and awareness of a much-neglected topic in cartography. Line styles, scale depiction, and the sizing of individual entities are discussed in the context of applying principles from mental maps to American Indian maps and…
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Social Studies, American Indians, Maps
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Smiley, Sarah L.; Post, Chris W. – Journal of Geography, 2014
The introductory level course Geography of the U.S. and Canada requires students to grasp large amounts of complex material, oftentimes using a lecture-based pedagogical approach. This article outlines two ways that popular music can be successfully used in the geography classroom. First, songs are used to review key concepts and characteristics…
Descriptors: Geography, Foreign Countries, Music, Teaching Methods
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Bedford, Daniel – Journal of Geography, 2010
Despite the existence of a clear scientific consensus about global warming, opinion surveys find confusion among the American public, regarding both scientific issues and the strength of the scientific consensus. Evidence increasingly points to misinformation as a contributing factor. This situation is both a challenge and an opportunity for…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Climate, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking
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Elwood, Sarah A. – Journal of Geography, 2004
Experiential learning pedagogies are being adopted across undergraduate education and touted as an effective strategy for enhancing student learning. This paper develops an explanation for how and why such pedagogies can foster students' critical thinking and learning. Drawing on data collected from first-year students in "field based" urban…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Human Geography, Undergraduate Study, Instruction
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Weber, Joe – Journal of Geography, 2004
The development of new transport systems has been an important and highly visible component of economic development and spatial reorganization in the past two centuries. The Ideal-Typical Sequence of network development has been a widely used model of transport development. This paper shows that this model has been used in several different ways,…
Descriptors: Transportation, Economic Development, Models, Student Attitudes
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Fouberg, Erin Hogan – Journal of Geography, 2000
Describes the journal assignment used in the introductory course, "Geography and Civilization", focusing on each type of journal entry (class entries, course pack entries, novel entries, and current events). Discusses the last two entries as constructed more as finished essays than informal writing. Presents the results from a class survey. (CMK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Current Events, Educational Strategies, Essays
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Winchell, Dick; Elder, Dana – Journal of Geography, 1992
Discusses the concept of writing across the curriculum and how it is used in a university level geography class. Suggests that writing as a resource for learning benefits students by encouraging critical thinking, the organization of bodies of information, and increased memory. Includes specific reading and writing assignments. (DK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Adams, Paul C. – Journal of Geography, 1998
Introduces "SimCity 2000," a computer simulation, as a tool for teaching urban geography. Argues that, combined with other activities, it can enhance computer literacy, geographical knowledge, and critical skills. Notes gender differences in students' previous exposure to the software; argues that instructors must consider this when…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Simulation, Computer Software Evaluation
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Ostapuk, Michael A. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Examines an interdisciplinary and creative process that uses travel journal entries as the basis for a short story. Included in the process is a delineation of geographic themes. Discusses possible uses of this approach in the classroom. Includes a sample short story. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Critical Thinking, Foreign Countries, Fundamental Concepts
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Cravey, Altha J.; Arcury, Thomas A.; Quandt, Sara A. – Journal of Geography, 2000
Focuses on a mapping exercise based on the principles of Paolo Freire. It was used with non-student Latino North Carolina farmworkers to engage them in learning about health beliefs, behaviors, and injury prevention. Provides background information on the farmworkers' lives and the use of the mapping exercises. (CMK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Critical Thinking, Educational Strategies, Empowerment
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Allen, Rodney F.; Molina, Laurie E. S. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Suggests the use of picture postcards as a vehicle for teaching geographic concepts. Describes the development of postcards. Discusses the use of postcards for thinking skill development, as a social historical record, and as a study of the images of the places represented on the cards. (DK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction