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Geography for Life: General Overview & Standard 1 Learning Progressions February 6-8, 2014.

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1 Geography for Life: General Overview & Standard 1 Learning Progressions February 6-8, 2014

2 Geography for Life (1 of 3) The national geography standards were first published in 1994 by GENIP – While the Standards were accepted by educators & academic geographers, their implementation was uneven and they failed to become institutionalized (Bednarz 2003, )

3 Geography for Life (2 of 3) A revised edition was published in 2012 – Emphasis on geospatial technologies & the diversity of the discipline – More guidance for teachers A consensus of the geographic community about what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate from high school

4 Geography for Life (3 of 3) Three components of geographic literacy – Geographic perspectives – Geographic knowledge – Geographic skills The standards stress the importance of all three in developing geographic literacy

5 Geographic perspectives Geography is often described as a perspective Two perspectives – Spatial: Where? Why there? – Ecological: How life forms interact with the physical environment

6 Geographic knowledge 18 standards grouped within 6 essential elements 1.The world in spatial terms 2.Places & regions 3.Physical systems 4.Human systems 5.Environment & society 6.The uses of geography

7 Geographic skills 5 skills 1.Asking geographic questions 2.Acquiring geographic information 3.Organizing geographic information 4.Analyzing geographic information 5.Answering geographic questions Through the development of these skills, students acquire the necessary tools to think geographically

8 Geography for Life: Grade Levels The (revised) standards provide guidance about what students should know & be able to at the elementary, middle, and secondary grades – Up to & including 4 th grade – Up to & including 8 th grade – Up to & including 12 th grade As students progress through school, their geographic knowledge & skills should become more sophisticated

9 Essential Element 1: The World in Spatial Terms Standard 1 How to use maps & other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, & spatial thinking to understand & communicate information – See Sarah’s handout

10 Sarah says: Focus on the overall content of the standard – What a map is – How to make a map – How to use a map Don’t obsess over the exemplars / hypothetical activities The content knowledge builds from Grades 4 to 8 to 12 The skills also build from 4 to 8 to 12 (more or less) We posited these “learning progressions” and now they need to be researched at a range of scales


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