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Volume 7

Research Opportunities with Advanced Placement Human Geography
Corresponding Author: Joseph P. Stoltman
Contributing Authors: Brian Boulet, Susan Hollier, Alex Standish, and Amber Conrad
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 5-20

Cognition and Learning in Geographic Education: A Research Agenda
Corresponding Author: Scott L. Walker
Contributing Authors: Rick L. Bunch, Osvaldo Muniz, Chris Murr, Xiaomin Qui, Mark Rockeymoore, Melody Warren, and Pamela Wridt
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 21-31

Collaborative Research in Geographic Education
Corresponding Author: Pamela Wridt
Contributing Authors: Brian Earle, Zachary A. Moore, Chris Murr, Allison Newton, Joseph P. Stoltman, Julie A. Tuason, Melody Warren
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 32-47

Geography in an Interdisciplinary Environment: Developing Research Paths
Corresponding Author: David J. Rutherford
Contributing Authors: Osa Brand, Amber N. Conrad, Ed Grode, Andrew J. Milson, Zachary A. Moore, Catherine Springer, Julie A. Tuason, Jamie Zech
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 48-61

A tantalizing theme winds its way through the history of modern geographic thought in the United States-the idea that geography as a discipline possesses the methods and content that enable it to act in an interdisciplinary role and integrate thought among the various physical and social sciences. Unfortunately, geography has failed to live up to this lofty potential. Ideas for accomplishing this goal span a variety of environments, including the research community K-12 education, with specific consideration of interdisciplinary interactions between the subject of geography and 1) the rest of the school curriculum, 2) teaching practice, and 3) school administration. The purpose of this paper is to identify and briefly develop ideas for conducting research that will increase our knowledge and understanding of these interdisciplinary interactions. The paper considers research paths across the spectrum of K-12 education and within both elementary and secondary education.

Key Words: geography education, interdisciplinary, synthesis, integrative, research, geography.

GIS in K-12 Education: Pedagogical Tool or Weapon of Mass Distraction?
Corresponding Author: Andrew J. Milson
Contributing Authors: Lisa M. DeChano, Rick L. Bunch, Jennifer Caito, Xiaomin Qui
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 62-73

Professional Development and Student Achievement in geography: A Research Agenda
Corresponding Author: Lisa M. DeChano
Contributing Authors: Mark Bockenhauer, Jennifer Caito, Linnea Hruska, Phil Klein, Allison Newton
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 74-86

Geography Learning: Building a Research Agenda for Meeting Societal Needs
Corresponding Author: Lay James Gibson
Contributing Authors: Osa brand, Susan Hollier, David J. Rutherford
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 87-99

Education and training in geography can equip college graduates to contribute to a wide range of societal needs. Geography as part of a braod liberal arts education fulfills the societal need for citizens who can contextualize their lives, jobs and actions within broader social and philosophical frameworks. Training in applied geography meets the societal needs of 1) ensuring that students obtain employment after graduation, 2) staffing positions in both public and private sectors with capable geographers who bring important geographic understanding to corporate and public decision-making processes. This paper focuses on training in applied geography for meeting societal needs, and it suggests two research paths, the first related to marketing applied geography and the second to produce development of an applied geography curriculum.

Key Words: applied geography, education, training, liberal arts, competency model.

Evaluating Textbooks and their Use
Corresponding Author: Brian Blouet
Contributing Authors: Ed Grode, Susan Hollier, Nancy Middlebrook, James Petersen, Mark Rockeymoore, and Alex Standish
Volume 7 (2005), Pages 100-110