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Bednarz, Robert; Lee, Jongwon – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
Geography educators have been, and continue to be, interested in spatial thinking, especially since they have been convinced of its importance in their students' ability to learn and do geography. As they developed strategies to improve students' spatial thinking, they searched for assessment instruments to evaluate their interventions' effects.…
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Thinking Skills, Tests, Intervention
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Wallace, Heather D. – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
This article reports on a qualitative investigation of Australian, grade 4 primary (elementary) school children's reflections on their learning in a year-long kitchen garden program. Focus group interviews, journal collection, and observations were conducted with three cohorts of students (age 9-11 years) to give insight into whether kitchen…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Gardening, Environmental Education, Grade 4
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Kim, Minsung; Lee, Soyoung – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
The development of place attachment is an important learning objective in geography education because it plays a significant role in people's behaviors toward protecting and acting on behalf of places. This study demonstrates the effects of selecting and presenting favorite places (SPFP) strategy in enhancing students' place attachment. The SPFP…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Preferences, Reliability
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Karkdijk, Jan; van der Schee, Joop A.; Admiraal, Wilfried F. – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
Geographical relational thinking is an important part of geographical thinking. This descriptive research was conducted to seek evidence on students' ability to establish geographical relationships which could help teachers to foster their geographical relational thinking. Sixty-nine small student groups from six secondary schools in the…
Descriptors: Geography, Spatial Ability, Secondary School Students, Problem Solving
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Cox, Marjolein; Elen, Jan; Steegen, An – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
An increasing interconnectedness of people and goods enhances the complexity of many geographical problems. For students to understand geography, systems thinking is a promising approach. It helps to understand increasing complexity by looking at the entire system and at the interconnectedness between the elements in the system. In order to…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, High School Students, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Wi, Andy – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
A good climate change education policy should focus not only on education but encourage the participation of both the citizens and the government. The author interviewed policy makers, grassroots leaders and the citizens and found that this interaction between the government (top-down) and the citizens (bottom-up) is sorely missing, which results…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Climate, Change, Educational Policy
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Lane, Rod; Bourke, Terri – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
There are more than 700 articles exploring assessment in geography education. However, these papers vary in the degree to which recommendations and conclusions are based on research evidence. Globally, evidence-based practice is being prioritised, making it essential to understand exactly what the empirical research around this topic is saying. A…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Evidence Based Practice, Geography, Student Evaluation
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Huckle, John – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
Geographical knowledge is powerful if it is critical and empowering. This article develops this argument with reference to the philosophy of knowledge and Laura Wheelahan's advocacy of critical realism as the philosophical strand of her social realist curriculum theory. While the GeoCapabilities Project has drawn on the sociological strand of that…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Realism, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Role
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Scoffham, Stephen – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
How children piece together their ideas about other nations, peoples and cultures is an important but under-researched area of geography education. This article reviews findings conducted in Western industrialised countries relating to primary school children's global awareness and the factors which influence their understanding. Differences…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Knowledge Level, Age Differences, Gender Differences
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Walsh, Lucas; Casinader, Niranjan – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
The higher degree of global mobility and connectivities within contemporary societies has led to increasing cultural diversity within school student cohorts. In turn, the human activities and interactions within the territories and boundaries of a school have become increasingly complex. During a 2017 study of how transcultural capabilities are…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Cultural Pluralism, Advanced Placement Programs, Cultural Differences
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Solís, Patricia; Huynh, Niem Tu; Huot, Philippe; Zeballos, Marcela; Ng, Astrid; Menkiti, Nwasinachi – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
This article explores an experimental effort to develop a short-term informal learning experience to achieve awareness, confidence and knowledge in geography and geospatial technologies related to environmental and climate change for all participants but particularly for female secondary learners. The intervention incorporated various elements to…
Descriptors: Females, High School Students, Climate, Ecology
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Collins, Larianne; Mitchell, Jerry T. – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
This article explores teacher training in geographic information system (GIS) and hopes to uncover the necessary elements required for long-term and sustained use of GIS in the K-12 classroom. A variety of models have been proposed for successful GIS professional development including long-term teacher training lasting up to a year in length. Our…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Geographic Information Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction
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Virranmäki, Eerika; Valta-Hulkkonen, Kirsi; Rusanen, Jarmo – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
The aim of this research is to ask what kind of geography is taught in Finnish upper secondary schools and whether this knowledge is powerful knowledge. This is achieved by analysing 11 in-service geography teachers' concept maps and in-depth interviews with qualitative data analysis. The results indicate the dominance of three terms: spatiality,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary Education
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Šoryte, Dovile; Pakalniškiene, Vilmante – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
Though the significance of involving children in environmental sustainability efforts is widely acknowledged, we still lack evidence on what they think of environmental issues and about the protection of nature. The aim of the paper is to systematically describe the reasons that children give for protecting the environment. Thirty-three children…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Sustainability, Elementary School Students, Student Attitudes
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Cebesoy, Ümran Betül – International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 2019
A two-day workshop was designed in order to increase awareness of pre-service teachers about the role of forests in adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change. In this workshop, five different activities were developed to reflect five sections, which are listed as forest strengths and weakness, general knowledge on climate change, the…
Descriptors: Climate, Preservice Teachers, Student Attitudes, Refugees
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