Geographic Education and Elementary Geography Texts, 1850-1900

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2001

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Trifonoff, Karen

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education

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Geographic education in the first half of the nineteenth century in the United States was dominated by a memorization pedagogy, and the content contained in geography textbooks was well suited to this approach. In the second half of the nineteenth century, the textbook content changed to include more detailed descriptions of the human and physical world, an emphasis on commercial geography, and an expanded use of maps. This manuscript analyzes elementary geography textbooks from 1850-1900 in order to determine the nature of the changes that occurred in geographic education and textbooks in the nineteenth century, the format of textbooks specifically for elementary grades, and the implications of these changes for geography education today.

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geography textbooks, historic textbooks, geography education

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Trifonoff, K. M. (2001). Geographic education and elementary geography texts, 1850-1900. Research in Geographic Education, 3(1), pp. 142-159.

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