Faculty Publications

Title

Colorado's geography standards: An analysis of preservice teacher preparation

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Content knowledge, Introductory courses, Preservice, Standards

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Geography

Volume

97

Issue

6

First Page

269

Last Page

280

Abstract

As content standards are adopted in grades K-12, preservice programs must insure that students are prepared to address standards in their teaching, especially where programs include only one introductory course. Faculty who teach introductory courses were interviewed, and preservice students enrolled in them were surveyed to determine if one course at the University of Northern Colorado was adequate for the task. The results of the study were used to pilot two introductory courses incorporating changes that strengthened both skills and content. Indeed, students received much of what they need to know from the introductory course. However, geography faculty need a greater awareness of the content standards. In addition, physical geography needs to bentegfated better with human geography, and more emphasis should be placed on the skills of analysis and application. The pilot courses accomplished both of these goals. © 1998 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1080/00221349808978844

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