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The Teaching of Geography


reviewed by Philip Bacon 1958

coverTitle: The Teaching of Geography
Author(s): Zoe A. Thralls
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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In America today it is the rare teacher who has anything more than the most rudimentary acquaintance with modern geography. Even though the core of many elementary social studies programs centers on geographic content, most elementary school teachers are faced with serious difficulties as they attempt to bring an understanding of the world's lands and peoples to their students. Their problem is not difficult to explain. These teachers went to school at a time when geography was a stepchild of education. It consisted largely of the memorization of place names and products. Few of the ideas developed were related to vital contemporary problems. As a consequence, the majority of these teachers have never had an opportunity to learn what functional geography can mean to our children. Another aspect of the problem stems from a basic misconception regarding the nature of geography. For many years some teachers have considered geography to be... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 60 Number 2, 1958, p. 114-114
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4407, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 12:04:01 PM

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