Geographic Literacy

There is a national movement underway in the United States to reform geography education in order to increase geographic literacy. In the near future high school seniors will be assessed annually to determine improvement in geographic literacy. It is understood that significant changes in curriculum and instruction will be necessary for improvement to be made. In relationship to the above, there is a national discussion underway regarding what constitutes a geographically literate person. The Arkansas Geographic Alliance suggests something like this: “A geographically literate person has the ability to make important decisions about cultures, places, and relationships that may exist between them.” The question is, however, how does one measure one’s ability to make such decisions? The answer to this question will need to be determined prior to any assessment of high school seniors so that improvement in geographic literacy can be monitored over time. Your comments are encouraged. BG

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