Choices Program-China 2014

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Presentation given at Brown University for the Choice Program's workshop on understanding contemporary China through a geographic lens.

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  • The cultural is political.  The demographic is economic.  The urban and the rural are not mutually exclusive. 
  • Choices Program-China 2014

    1. 1. Geography Education in the Era of Globalization: Answering the Questions that Matter
    2. 2. The truth…if you always lived in San Diego
    3. 3. What is this item called?
    4. 4. Truths can be spatially contingent
    5. 5. GEOGRAPHICAL CLASSIFICATION World Realms Regions Neighborhoods
    6. 6. Globalization has made the world ‘flat’ • Geography has been conquered • Place is increasingly less relevant
    7. 7. Place still matters Distance and Time
    8. 8. Regions are increasingly interconnected
    9. 9. Global News Demands Geographic Context
    10. 10. Diverse cultural understanding needed • Army training
    11. 11. Geography Education in the Era of Globalization: Answering the Questions that Matter
    12. 12. Geography education is not…
    13. 13. How can competent teachers help students understand a complex interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technology Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy
    14. 14. 1. Provide geographic information
    15. 15. Environmental changes require holistic, systemic thinking
    16. 16. 2. Teach geographic concepts
    17. 17. 3. Use data, maps, and geospatial technology
    18. 18. Geography integrates Social Studies
    19. 19. 4. Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking.
    20. 20. A spatial perspective is not just for geographers spatial mapping map projections
    21. 21. The Global becomes Local
    22. 22. Understanding Conflicts
    23. 23. How can competent teachers help students understand a complex interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technology Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy

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