Influences of Texas Geography Teachers' Educational Backgrounds on Teaching Practices and Beliefs of Map Skills
Frazier, Cheryl A.
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to examine the influence of preservice geography education on teachers' beliefs and teaching practices of map skills in Texas's ninth grade World Geography Course. A questionnaire with both open- and closed-ended items was used to gather information from World Geography teachers. Survey respondents were divided into two groups: geography major and non-geography major. Themes were identified from open-ended item responses, and then responses were coded into nominal categories for analysis along with the closed-item questions using descriptive statistics. Results indicate that no statistically significant difference in the teachers' beliefs and teaching practices of map skills exist based on major field of study.
Geographic education, Preservice education, Practical theory
Frazier, C. A. (2010). <i>Influences of Texas Geography Teachers' Educational Backgrounds on Teaching Practices and Beliefs of Map Skills</i> (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.