This book links the new National Geography Standards with the five Fundamental Themes of Geography using a systematic approach that builds from basic knowledge to more complex, explaining the physical, cultural, and economic systems that interrelate and operate on the planet. It encourages teachers to move beyond the traditional stereotype of geography as place memorization toward conceptual thinking about how Earth systems work.
Discusses the importance of geographic literacy in an era of increasingly important global interconnections. Surveys the historic role of geography education in North American schools and provides examples of how geography is taught in other countries. Coveres “geographic education revolution” in the United States. Interrelates the Five Themes of Geography and the eighteen National Geography Standards into a uniform and convenient structure for the study of any place or any topic from a geographic perspective: Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region.
For educators or teacher-certification programs.