ERIC Number: EJ1298752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021
Abstractor: As Provided
Geographic and Environmental Themes in Children's Literature
Hann, Deborah G.; Hagelman, Ronald R.
Journal of Geography, v120 n3 p117-125 2021
A rich pool of geographic and environmental ideas are embedded children's literature. This paper illuminates the geographic and environmental education themes present in second to eighth grade Common Core fiction, especially for leveraging this content for geographic and environmental education and in support of topically integrated learning approaches. Content analysis reveals a range of geographic information relating to space, place, society, and environmental processes. These works include copious descriptions, contextual background information, and social prescriptions related to human-environment interaction. The spatial information contained in these works creates a powerful resource for instruction, augmenting efforts to improve spatial literacy in classrooms.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Geography, Geography Instruction, Environmental Education, Content Analysis, Common Core State Standards, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Fiction, Cognitive Style, Social Influences, Context Effect, Spatial Ability, Geographic Regions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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