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[Channel-talkgeography] Teaching Geography

From: Michael Busby <>
Date: Mon Sep 10 2007 - 10:17:52 EDT
X-Mailer: Microsoft Office Outlook 11

Good morning,
I teach entry-level geography at a university and a community college. I
probably experience some of the same issues with my students as you might
with yours. I am happy to hear that world geography is being taught at some
level. Most of my students report never having geography, or perhaps have
some exposure around 8th grade.
I use a couple books to enhance my courses. The first is called, "Teaching
Geography," by Phil Gersmehl. The book is for k-12 but since the vast
majority of my students are geographically illiterate the exercises still
are relevant.
I also use a workbook by Charles A. Stanfield, Jr. entitled, "Building
Geographic Literacy." I have to be careful with this one. While the exercise
provide a decent framework, the statistics used sometimes do not pass my
background check, so I have to either supplement or correct.
I have also found that using Google Earth valuable. With Google's recent
acquisition of Panaramio, thousands of geotagged images are available that
can really help enhance physical geography and culture. If you have access
to a computer, students can cruise the world and examine so many different
places. For what it is worth, many places are also tied to Wikipedia, so
some additional information can be gleaned.
Hope this helps,
Michael Busby, GISP - System Administrator
Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC)
206 Lowry Center
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Phone: 270-809-3370
Fax: 270-809-4417

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