Workshop 1. Introduction
This overview of the geographic perspective highlights the 18 National Geography Standards and associated skills that inform Teaching Geography. A case study looks at the borderland region of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; another follows NASA astronauts on a space shuttle mission. The geographic perspective is explored further in a classroom segment in which students investigate why Russia's Aral Sea is shrinking. Go to this unit.
Workshop 2. Latin America
In Guatemala, a historical geographer explores the reasons for the decline of the Maya and their present-day explosive growth. In Ecuador, physical geographers work toward reducing the potential hazards of living near an active volcano. Classroom segments feature students investigating the migration of Mexican populations and, after discerning patterns of volcano location, discussing the issues of living near volcanoes. Go to this unit.
Workshop 3. North America
Through studies of ethnic and economic diversity in Boston and suburban sprawl in Chicago, this session illustrates issues of urban development and expansion in North America. Classroom segments demonstrate how teachers can use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and census data to investigate similar issues in their own communities. Go to this unit.
Workshop 4. North Africa/Southwest Asia
This session explores problems of religious conflict and urban organization with a case study on Jerusalem as sacred space. It also looks at urban and agricultural use of scarce water resources by studying Egypt's Nile River. Classroom segments show students exploring the problems of refugee populations and engaging in a hands-on activity about the Nile River Delta. Go to this unit.
Workshop 5. Sub-Saharan Africa
This session features case studies on the impact of apartheid on present-day South Africa and on AIDS diffusion in Kenya. Classroom segments show educators using role-playing activities to teach students about land allocation in South Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Go to this unit.
Workshop 6. Russia
A case study examines the history of St. Petersburg and its adaptation to a post-Soviet society. Students learn, through a constructivist teaching approach, about the geographic factors behind the location of St. Petersburg and other Russian cities. Cultural mosaics are the focus of a case study on the Russian republic of Dagestan and a classroom segment in which students role-play the negotiation of cultural boundaries in a fictional country. Go to this unit.
Workshop 7. Europe
Two case studies analyze developments toward a more unified Europe. First is an exploration of Berlin's role as the dynamic capital of a reunified Germany and as a centrally located city in an increasingly unified Europe. Students analyze issues of urban organization in Amsterdam. Supranationalism and the European Union are examined through a case study on Strasbourg and further explored in a classroom debate. Go to this unit.
Workshop 8. Global Forces/Local Impact
A case study focuses on globalization's impact on the booming Chinese economy and the population that drives it. Students analyze economic data to understand the disparity in the quality of life in Southeast Asia. The second case study examines the conflict between Native Americans and farmers over water usage in Oregon. Students perform field research to determine how human activities affect the quality and availability of water resources. Go to this unit.