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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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Cox, Helen M. – Journal of Geography, 2012
Over 3,900 trees on a university campus were inventoried by an instructor-led team of geography undergraduates in order to quantify the carbon sequestration associated with biomass growth. The setting of the project is described, together with its logistics, methodology, outcomes, and benefits. This hands-on project provided a team of students…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Campuses, Forestry
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Hauselt, Peggy; Helzer, Jennifer – Journal of Geography, 2012
One of the primary missions of our university is to train future primary and secondary teachers. Geospatial sciences, including GIS, have long been excluded from teacher education curriculum. This article explains the curriculum revisions undertaken to increase the geospatial technology education of future teachers. A general education class…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Handley, Lawrence R.; Lockwood, Catherine M.; Handley, Nathan – Journal of Geography, 2006
"Back to the Basics: South Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada" continues the series of exercises on teaching foundational map reading and spatial differentiation skills. It is the third published exercise from the Back to the Basics series developed by the Wetland Education through Maps and Aerial Photography (WETMAAP) Program. The current…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Spatial Ability, Geography Instruction, Mathematics Instruction
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Wechsler, Suzanne P.; Whitney, David J.; Ambos, Elizabeth L.; Rodrigue, Christine M.; Lee, Christopher T.; Behl, Richard J.; Larson, Daniel O.; Francis, Robert D.; Hold, Gregory – Journal of Geography, 2005
An innovative interdisciplinary project at California State University, Long Beach, was designed to increase the attractiveness of the geosciences (physical geography, geology, and archaeology) to underrepresented groups. The goal was to raise awareness of the geosciences by providing summer research opportunities for underrepresented high school…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Earth Science, Archaeology, High School Students
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Aitken, Stuart C.; Jokisch, Brad D.; Boone, Christopher G. – Journal of Geography, 2003
With this paper, I elaborate the use of the movies "American History X" and "Mi Familia" in classroom settings to highlight issues of ethnicity and the social construction of identity through families and communities. Taken together, these movies draw attention to racial geographies of Los Angeles but in very different ways. I…
Descriptors: United States History, Teaching Methods, Films, Ethnicity
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Lukinbeal, Chris – Journal of Geography, 2002
The geographies of Hollywood are multiple, contradictory, ephemeral and tangible. Our preconceived conceptions of space and place play a dynamic role in what elements we tend to focus on when discussing the cultural industry of American cinema. This essay uses Hollywood as a metaphor for the American film production industry and a historical…
Descriptors: Industry, Film Production, Human Geography, Films
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Zeigler, Donald J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Reviews a research project in which, using library and computer resources, students compiled a comparison profile of selected physical, social, and economic characteristics of Morocco and California. The students evaluated the relative role of environmental variables in influencing the human geography of the two regions. (MJP)
Descriptors: Built Environment, Earth Science, Economic Development, Environmental Influences
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Gersmehl, Philip J. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Asserts that, to participate in a modern economy, every region needs at least one "bigjob" (basic income generating-job). Describes a mapping activity that helps students identify bigjobs in state economies. Uses California as an example and reveals that, contrary to popular opinion, real estate is California's bigjob. (MJP)
Descriptors: Business, Economic Factors, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns
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Wilvert, Calvin – Journal of Geography, 1994
Contends that, as Spain integrates into the European Economic Community, it is considered to be Europe's California. Asserts that making regional comparisons between California and Spain can be an effective teaching method. Provides comparisons in such areas as agriculture and tourism. (CFR)
Descriptors: Agriculture, Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Educational Strategies
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Montz, Burrell E.; And Others – Journal of Geography, 1989
Explains how studying a floodplain can help students analyze the interactions between humans and the physical environment. Analyzes data from two cities in California to demonstrate that housing prices did not rebound after a flood. (GG)
Descriptors: Community Planning, Community Study, Earth Science, Environment
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Crooker, Richard A.; Sherman, Douglas J. – Journal of Geography, 1986
Describes how a combination of mapping and techniques can be used as a basis for measuring and analyzing student locational awareness of California. The case study analysis reveals that there was considerable variation in students' accuracy and precision in locating places. Includes tables and maps. (TRS)
Descriptors: Cartography, Educational Testing, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Cantor, Leonard M. – Journal of Geography, 1980
Describes a California State water project intended to transport water from the northern half of the state to the southern half. Assesses major features of the project, explains agricultural uses of the water, identifies other project activities, and surveys problems affecting the project. Explains the stances of various environmental groups,…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Rushdoony, Haig A. – Journal of Geography, 1978
Presents a model for teaching fourth graders some aspects of the population geography of California. The lessons are structured and teacher-directed, examine the question of why so many people have moved to California, and use a variety of social inquiry processes. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Demography, Elementary Education, Geography Instruction
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Hornbeck, David – Journal of Geography, 1976
This article examines the merging of the contrasting Mexican and American land tenure systems in California and illustrates the spatial consequences in both rural and urban areas. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Culture Conflict, Geographic Location, Geography, Land Settlement