Developing Visualization Tools for Geographic Literacy in a Museum Exhibit: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration
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Educational Foundations and Curriculum
As a result of reduced formal instruction and reduced direct experience in the natural environment, students suffer from a deficiency in geographic literacy. Informal learning environments, such as a model railroad exhibit at a history museum, can be exploited to introduce key geographic concepts (e.g., scalar compression, landscape transformations, and human-environment interaction). Presented here are historically and geographically accurate visualization tools developed via community collaboration across disciplines (geography/education) and institutions (university/museum/community volunteers). This article highlights geographic learning that takes place in informal education settings.
Bloodworth, G. & Petersen, N.J. (2011). Developing Visualization Tools for Geographic Literacy in a Museum Exhibit: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Journal of Geography, 110, 137-147.
Journal of Geography
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