Volume 4, Number 1
Reflections on Teaching and Research in Russian Geographical Education: Pedagogical Technolgies
Iraida V. Dushina
Volume 4 (2002), Number 1, Pages 5-8
Keywords: padagogical technolgies, teaching technology
A Comparative Analysis of Geographical Education in Japan and Myanmar
Hla Hla Win
Volume 4 (2002), Number 1, Pages 9-28
To assess the current status of geographical education in Myanmar’s junior high school curriculum, the geographical education of Japan was used as a comparative reference. The standards measured in the Survey on the State of Geographical Education around the World, conducted by the International Geographical Union in 1999-2000, provided the criteria for comparison. A small survey was also carried out to confirm the comparative assessments made by this researcher for both of the countries. The current geographical education in Japan was found to be more adequate for preparing active twenty-first century citizens. The current geographical education of Myanmar needs to be developed to meet international standards and the policy of the country.
Keywords: International Charter, geographical education, Japan, Myanmar, comparative study
Geography Education Online: A Formative Evaluation
Volume 4 (2002), Number 1, Pages 29-42
In 2001, an online version of the well-established Masters Geography in Education course at the Institute of Education, University of London, became available to the English-speaking world. This paper outlines the principles underlying the course, its curriculum, and assessment approaches used. It is a formative evaluation of that course. The evaluation is described and implications drawn.
Keywords: distance learning, geography education, e-learning, distributed learning
Are Sex Differences Important for Complex Spatial Tasks?
Rick L. Bunch and Robert E. Lloyd
Volume 4 (2002), Number 1, Pages 43-62
This study investigates sex-related differences on a cognitive task that required the recall and comparison of states. Reaction time, accuracy, and efficiency were considered in a computer game where participants uncovered two states in a spatial array and determined whether they matched. The preliminary task results suggested males were more familiar with state shapes and locations than females. This increased familiarity with the locations of states on maps, however, did not translate to an advantage on the main experiment where the results appeared to be more related to the nature of the task than the cognitive processing differences between sexes.
Keywords: sex, spatial abilities, memory, rotation, geographic education