7
Reading as a Tool in Geographic Education

IMPORTANCE OF READING

READING IS AN essential tool in the study of geography because pupils must gain a large part of their knowledge of other lands and peoples from books. Much of the stimulation to their thinking also comes from books. The successful use of reading as a tool depends upon their knowing how to read geographic materials to arrive at the major objective of geographic education: which is a knowledge and an understanding of how man has adapted his ways of living to the natural environment in specific regions of the world.

Reading of geographic materials involves the ability to read maps, pictures, graphs, statistics, and the landscape as well as textual materials. The use of the above tools has been discussed in previous chapters. In this chapter we are particularly concerned with the effective reading of geographical textual materials.

The use of the various tools mentioned increases the need for efficiency in reading. Their use involves reading skills because maps, graphs, pictures, and statistics have keys and explanations which must be interpreted through reading verbal materials. For instance, a picture has a location indicated in the title, a map has

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The Teaching of Geography
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Title Page xi
  • 1 - Geography: Its Nature and Function 1
  • References 17
  • 2 - Maps and Globes Are Our Business 19
  • 3 - Pictures as Geographic Tools 76
  • 4 - Graphs and Statistics In Geographic Education 112
  • 7 - Reading as a Tool In Geographic Education 190
  • 8 - Geographic Reading Materials 222
  • 9 - Unit Planning and Functional Activities 236
  • 10 - A Geographic Readiness Program 275
  • 11 - The Teaching of Weather And Climate 305
  • Index 331
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