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Keenan, Kevin; Fontaine, Danielle – Journal of Geography, 2012
How undergraduate students learn research methods in geography has been understudied. Existing work has focused on course description from the instructor's perspective. This study, however, uses a grounded theory approach to allow students' voices to shape a new theory of how they themselves say that they learn research methods. Data from two…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Geography, Grounded Theory
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Grabbatin, Brian; Fickey, Amanda – Journal of Geography, 2012
The rise of service-learning in higher education has been critiqued as little more than community service that encourages students to "do good," but fails to generate original scholarship or social change. In this article, we argue that service-learning gives geographers the opportunity to challenge these critiques, by demonstrating the practical…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Research Methodology, Social Change, Service Learning
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Patterson, Lynn M.; Slinger-Friedman, Vanessa – Journal of Geography, 2012
Numerous studies have shown both anecdotal and formal evidence of the benefits students obtain from doing writing activities in classes. Little formal discussion exists about how student writing in geography classes professionally affects faculty. In this article, focus shifts from student-derived benefits of writing in classes to faculty…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Writing Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Students, College Faculty
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Lauder, Tracy – Journal of Geography, 2012
A fantasy-theme analysis of the editors' letters in "Southern Living" magazine shows an editorial vision of valuing the past and showcasing unique regional qualities. In addition, a content analysis of the visual representation of race in the magazine's formative years and recent past validates that inhabitants of the region were portrayed…
Descriptors: Fantasy, Periodicals, Content Analysis, Media Literacy
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Lee, Jongwon; Bednarz, Robert – Journal of Geography, 2012
This article introduces the development and validation of the spatial thinking ability test (STAT). The STAT consists of sixteen multiple-choice questions of eight types. The STAT was validated by administering it to a sample of 532 junior high, high school, and university students. Factor analysis using principal components extraction was applied…
Descriptors: Evidence, Construct Validity, Factor Analysis, Spatial Ability
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Downs, Roger M. – Journal of Geography, 2012
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) rightly calls itself the Nation's Report Card. As the gold standard of educational assessment, it offers a picture of what U.S. students know and can do in a subject. There have been NAEP Geography assessments in 1994, 2001, and 2010. The next assessment is planned for 2014. Before reacting to…
Descriptors: Report Cards, Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Geography
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Turner, Sally; Leydon, Joseph – Journal of Geography, 2012
To make sense of spatial data, information and concepts strong geographic literacy skills are a prerequisite, yet existing studies suggest a global decline in these skills. Current geographic tools predominantly focus on mapping tasks that do not necessarily lead to an understanding of the broader geographic relevance of location. This article…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Tests
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Israel, Andrei L. – Journal of Geography, 2012
In recent years, geography educators have sought to make their pedagogy relevant to pressing social and environmental issues, but these efforts have largely imported pedagogies from outside of geography. In place-based education, in contrast, place--one of geography's defining themes--serves as a central organizing principle for a socially…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Geography Instruction, Place Based Education, Geography
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Boehm, Richard G.; Brysch, Carmen P.; Mohan, Audrey; Backler, Alan – Journal of Geography, 2012
The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, in partnership with the Agency for Instructional Technology, and the National Geographic Education Foundation have embarked on the production of a twenty-two-program, Web-based professional development series for teachers of geography, social studies, and environmental science, titled…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Geography Instruction, Geography, Global Approach
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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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Delahunty, Tina; Lewis-Gonzales, Sarah; Phelps, Jack; Sawicki, Ben; Roberts, Charles; Carpenter, Penny – Journal of Geography, 2012
The processes and implications of urban growth are studied in a variety of disciplines as urban growth affects both the physical and human landscape. Remote sensing methods provide ways to visualize and mathematically represent urban growth; and resultant land cover change data enable both quantitative and qualitative analysis. This article helps…
Descriptors: Satellites (Aerospace), Urbanization, Vocabulary, Critical Thinking
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Wehry, Stephanie; Monroe-Ossi, Heather; Cobb, Sharon; Fountain, Cheryl – Journal of Geography, 2012
This article examines the use of concept mapping for formative and summative assessment of northeast Florida middle school students' knowledge of human geography. The students were participants in an afterschool, academic, college reach-out program that provided opportunities to test concept mapping strategies that support spatial thinking and…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Human Geography, Grade 7, Formative Evaluation
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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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Kubiatko, Milan; Janko, Tomas; Mrazkova, Katerina – Journal of Geography, 2012
This study investigates 540 Czech lower secondary students' attitudes towards geography. It examined the general influence of gender and grade level on attitudes towards geography with an emphasis on four specific areas in particular: geography as a school subject; geography and the environment; the importance of geography; and the relevance of…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Student Attitudes, Geography, Secondary School Students
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Henry, Paul; Semple, Hugh – Journal of Geography, 2012
GIS has shown promise in Project Based Learning (PBL) environments, but many obstacles exist in its integration into school curriculums. This article discusses the development and utilization of an online GIS tool that was created to illustrate that the perceptual gap between relevance and ease of use of GIS software can be bridged at the K-12…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Earth Science, Computer Software, Active Learning
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