International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education Abstracts

1992

Stoltman, J.P. (1992) Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 3-13.
Gerber, R., Lidstone, J. & Nason, R. (1992) Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 31-43.


Stoltman, J.P. (1992), Major Papers Designing a Geography Syllabus: Researching the Process
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
, Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 3-13

ABSTRACT:

Syllabus planning perhaps requires the second most important skill, following classroom teaching, in determining the success of a course for attaining specific objectives. It may be the most engaging exercise that college and university lecturers undertake on a regular basis as they update, alter, or design new courses. Teaching is a combination of skill and art. Similarly, designing a model syllabus is the skill and art of communication. This research study reports on the process and outcomes resulting from the development of course syllabuses that would serve as models for geography course planning and instructional design in both liberal arts and sciences and teacher education at the post secondary level. The research focus is on the evaluation procedure that was used to guide college and university senior faculty members in the development of their course syllabuses.

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Gerber, R., Lidstone, J. & Nason, R. (1992), Modelling Expertise in Map Reading: Beginnings
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education
, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 31-43

ABSTRACT:

A considerable amount has been written about the knowledge required to read maps. In addition, the qualities that differentiate expert map readers from other map readers have been described in detail. However, little seems to be known about the content and structure of experts' repertoires of declarative and procedural knowledge, the interrelationships between their repertoires of declarative and procedural knowledge and the cognitive mechanisms that underlie their map reading behaviour. This article reports on a pilot study that is being undertaken to investigate the development of a production system that will facilitate the development of intelligent computer assisted instruction within the domain of map reading. It demonstrates the nature of such a production system for a single expert map reader.

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