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Lee, Dong-min; Ryu, Jaemyong – Journal of Geography, 2015
This study examines the potential of mindful learning in geography education. A hypothesis was developed to form the research topic, and three experiments were performed to analyze it. The experiments supported the hypothesis. In other words, mindful learning was found to be helpful for cultivating balanced attitudes toward regions. In conclusion,…
Descriptors: Geographic Regions, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Metacognition
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Riihelä, Juha; Mäki, Sanna – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article describes initiatives implemented in Finland to create an online learning environment for studying geographic information systems (GIS). A development project produced an online GIS tool called PaikkaOppi, aimed at promoting GIS studies and spatial thinking skills in upper secondary schools. The project is reviewed through analysis of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Ability
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Phillips, Daniel W.; Montello, Daniel R. – Journal of Geography, 2015
Previous research has examined heuristics--simplified decision-making rules-of-thumb--for geospatial reasoning. This study examined at two locations the influence of beliefs about local coastline orientation on estimated directions to local and distant places; estimates were made immediately or after fifteen seconds. This study goes beyond…
Descriptors: Heuristics, Decision Making, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills
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Somdahl-Sands, Katrinka – Journal of Geography, 2015
Many students enter classes with a very Orientalist mental map of the region usually called the "Middle East." This is understandable considering the information and images of the region that pervade our media landscape. In an effort to teach student how to critically examine media sources themselves, the author utilizes a blog format…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Geography Instruction, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Golightly, Aubrey; Raath, Schalk – Journal of Geography, 2015
In South Africa, geography education students' approach to deep learning has received little attention. Therefore the purpose of this one-shot experimental case study was to evaluate the extent to which first-year geography education students used deep or surface learning in an embedded problem-based learning (PBL) format. The researchers measured…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Tomaszewski, Brian; Vodacek, Anthony; Parody, Robert; Holt, Nicholas – Journal of Geography, 2015
This article discusses use and modification of Lee and Bednarz's (2012) Spatial Thinking Ability Test (STAT) as a spatial thinking assessment device in Rwandan secondary schools. After piloting and modifying the STAT, 222 students total from our rural and urban test schools and one control school were tested. Statistical analysis revealed that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Spatial Ability, Tests, Secondary School Students
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Jurmu, Michael – Journal of Geography, 2015
Even as service-learning has become more prevalent in higher education as a high-impact teaching methodology, barriers still exist to its implementation by some instructors. One concern is the perception of these types of activities infringing upon course content. This article outlines an example of an introductory service-learning project for an…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Barriers, Physical Geography, Teaching Methods
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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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Madsen, Kenneth D. – Journal of Geography, 2014
Fictional film provides an opportunity to breathe life into the application of academic concepts by capturing the attention and imagination of students. Using the 2009 hit movie "Avatar", it is argued that popular fiction has the potential to help students grasp the dynamics of imperial/indigenous relationships in part because it removes…
Descriptors: Films, Fiction, Teaching Methods, Geography
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Manson, Steven; Shannon, Jerry; Eria, Sami; Kne, Len; Dyke, Kevin; Nelson, Sara; Batra, Lalit; Bonsal, Dudley; Kernik, Melinda; Immich, Jennifer; Matson, Laura – Journal of Geography, 2014
Web mapping involves publishing and using maps via the Internet, and can range from presenting static maps to offering dynamic data querying and spatial analysis. Web mapping is seen as a promising way to support development of spatial thinking in the classroom but there are unanswered questions about how this promise plays out in reality. This…
Descriptors: Internet, Maps, Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills
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Lukinbeal, Chris – Journal of Geography, 2014
While the use of media permeates geographic research and pedagogic practice, the underlying literacies that link geography and media remain uncharted. This article argues that geographic media literacy incorporates visual literacy, information technology literacy, information literacy, and media literacy. Geographic media literacy is the ability…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Geographic Concepts, Visual Literacy, Information Literacy
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Leydon, Joseph; Wilson, Kathi; Boyd, Cleo – Journal of Geography, 2014
Poor quality writing skills among undergraduate geography students is a significant concern among university instructors. This article reports on a multipronged strategy aimed at improving student writing in a large, first-year human geography course. The strategy emphasized ways to provide effective feedback through teaching assistant training,…
Descriptors: Human Geography, Geography Instruction, Writing Ability, College Freshmen
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Scholz, Michael A.; Huynh, Niem Tu; Brysch, Carmen P.; Scholz, Ruojing Wang – Journal of Geography, 2014
Geography textbooks contain chapter or review questions that may engage students in spatial thinking. This research used Jo and Bednarz's (2009) "Taxonomy of Spatial Thinking" to evaluate the percentage of spatial thinking questions in four university-level world geography course textbooks. The results from this study were then…
Descriptors: World Geography, Textbooks, Spatial Ability, Content Analysis
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Jo, Injeong; Bednarz, Sarah Witham – Journal of Geography, 2014
The primary objectives of this article are: (1) to conceptualize teacher dispositions related to teaching spatial thinking in geography classrooms; and (2) to propose an exemplar assessment that can be used to prepare teachers who are disposed toward teaching spatial thinking through geography. A detailed description of the construction procedures…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Teacher Characteristics
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Murphy, Alexander B. – Journal of Geography, 2014
William Pattison's seminal 1964 article outlining geography's four core traditions provided an informative overview of distinct strands of research and teaching in geography. His article enhanced appreciation of the discipline's intellectual diversity, but it did not address why the identified traditions should be grouped together…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Spatial Ability, Geographic Location
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