ERIC Number: EJ1231880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Students' Conceptions of and Feelings about Land Use: Building a Conceptual Framework for Teaching and Learning about Land Use
Shepardson, Daniel P.
Journal of Geography, v118 n6 p252-265 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate students' conceptions of and feelings about land use. Specifically: (1) What are students' conceptions of and feelings about land use? And (2) in what ways might students' conceptions and feelings vary by community setting and grade level? This study was qualitative and descriptive in nature and reflected a cross-age design involving the collection of qualitative data from 863 students, grades 4 through 12, from the Midwestern United States. These qualitative data were analyzed for their content in an inductive manner. Five categories of land use and three categories of feelings about land use emerged from the data. Based on these findings, a land use framework is recommended that builds on the students' conceptions, the scientific perspective, and the NRC (2012) science education framework.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Land Use, Elementary School Students, Ecology, Science Education, Schemata (Cognition), Suburbs, Children, Adolescents, Rural Schools, Urban Schools, Community Characteristics, Middle School Students, High School Students, Conservation (Environment), Environmental Education, Academic Standards, Natural Resources, Geography Instruction, Instructional Program Divisions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; High Schools
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