Geography Tools as Education Technology in Preservice Teacher Education
Walker, Scott L.
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education
A common phrase used in K-12 education is that teachers need to “integrate technology. ” However, given geography education inadequacies in preservice teacher education, the mantra may need to become one of “integrating geography. ” This paper describes how geography was integrated into a preservice teacher education technology class using ESRI’s Community Atlas project as a model. The results were assessed using the newly-developed Test of Geography- Related Outcomes (ToG-RO). Preliminary indications are that preservice teachers ’ knowledge of and attitudes toward geography increased when a Community Atlas-like class project was introduced in the education technology course at a small liberal arts university.
preservice education technology, geography tools, survey instrument, student perceptions, community geography, geographic education
Walker, S. (2001). Geography tools as education technology in preservice teacher education. Research in Geographic Education, 3(1), pp. 51-69.