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Egiebor, Esohe E.; Foster, Ellen J. – Journal of Geography, 2019
This article describes the findings of a qualitative phenomenographic study that explored students' engagement from the perspective of the students. It describes how the participants perceived their engagement when they learned social studies using GIS Story Maps. Qualitative data collection involved classroom observations, student-written…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Geography Instruction, Social Studies, Geographic Information Systems
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Maddox, Lamont E.; Howell, James B.; Saye, John W. – Journal of Geography, 2018
Social studies professionals advocate linking discipline-based content to citizenship learning goals. However, research suggests that students rarely encounter inquiry-based instruction in their geography coursework and have few opportunities to explore how geography impacts civic decision making. In this article, we present a problem-based…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Decision Making
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Hong, Jung Eun; Melville, Ashley – Journal of Geography, 2018
This article introduces an approach to designing effective geographic information system (GIS) professional development (PD) based on six features: (1) collective participation, (2) practice time, (3) time for lesson development and presentation, (4) state and national standards, (5) district support and direct involvement, and (6) professional…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Social Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Feedback (Response)
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Shin, Euikyung E.; Milson, Andrew J.; Smith, Thomas J. – Journal of Geography, 2016
The spatial thinking skills and attitudes of geography majors were compared with those of future teachers majoring in elementary education and secondary social studies education. Scores were obtained for each group on two measures: the spatial skills test and the attitude toward spatial thinking inventory. Mean differences were examined based on…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Thinking Skills
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Rohli, Robert V.; Binford, Paul E. – Journal of Geography, 2016
Geography at elementary and middle schools in Louisiana, USA., remains a social studies strand along with civics, economics, and history, with no state-required geography course at any level. But because schools may require more geography than the state standard, this research examines the extent to which K-12 students are exposed to geography in…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Educational Trends, Educational Practices, Trend Analysis
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Hong, Jung Eun; Stonier, Francis – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article introduces the geographic information systems (GIS) in-service teacher training, focusing on the intersection of technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) for successful implementation of GIS in the classroom. Eleven social studies teachers in Georgia learned GIS technologies, inquiry-based learning, and social studies…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Inservice Teacher Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy
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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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Hong, Jung Eun – Journal of Geography, 2014
This article reports the results of a case study that employed user-centered design to develop training tutorials for helping middle school social studies teachers use Web-based GIS in their classrooms. This study placed teachers in the center of the design process in planning, designing, and developing the tutorials. This article describes how…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Tutorial Programs, Geographic Information Systems, Middle School Teachers
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Brysch, Carmen P.; Huynh, Niem Tu; Scholz, Michael – Journal of Geography, 2012
Computer games, whether accessed online or through commercial software, have learning potential in educational settings. However, alignment with national, state, or local curriculum requirements can create a barrier. The purpose of this study was to conduct a content analysis of selected games that could be used in a sixth grade geography or…
Descriptors: Geography, National Standards, Computers, Content Analysis
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Anthamatten, Peter – Journal of Geography, 2010
Research in the cognition and learning sciences has demonstrated that the human brain contains basic structures whose functions are to perform a variety of specific spatial reasoning tasks and that children are capable of learning basic spatial concepts at an early age. There has been a call from within geography to recognize research on spatial…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Spatial Ability
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Alam, Sarfaraz – Journal of Geography, 2010
This article critically examines the recommendations of two major Indian education reports--NCFSE 2000 and NCF 2005--prepared by the National Council of Educational Research and Training in India. The NCFSE 2000 has recommended an integrated teaching of geography as one component of the social studies. The NCF 2005 has reverted to the pre-NCFSE…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Geography Instruction
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Dunn, James M. – Journal of Geography, 2009
This is a ready-to-use simulation that has high school students portraying all of the key players that decide how water from the Colorado River will be allocated. Students act as judges, lobbyists, news analysts, and even protesters during a mock water conference. Water supply is promised beyond nature's delivery, so the problem is real and will…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Water, Geography, Climate
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Standish, Alex – Journal of Geography, 2008
This study set out to better understand the changing links between geography and citizenship. Content analysis was conducted on eighteen high school world geography textbooks and state/national standards. Interviews were conducted with teachers and textbook authors. Five significant changes were noted: decline of national orientation and a greater…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Textbooks, World Geography, National Standards
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Kruger, Darrell P.; Gandy, S. Kay – Journal of Geography, 2006
This paper proposes different strategies for teaching social studies in an integrated manner using Main Street as a laboratory. The paper consists of two parts. Part One is devoted to a discussion of the empirical study; the second part focuses on strategies for integrating Main Street into the K through 12 setting. Although data are presented…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Curriculum Development
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Zam, Gerard A.; Howard, David G. – Journal of Geography, 2005
Geography, long the neglected step-child of the field of social studies education, evinces signs of emerging as one of it key integrating elements. Its prominent inclusion and embellishment in both national and state standards and state assessments bodes well for its future. Higher education's role in this endeavor is paramount. The successful…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Social Studies, National Standards, State Standards
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