Greiner, L. Alyson. 2011. Visualizing Human Geography. Wiley in collaboration with The National Geographic Society
II. In the article adapted from Robert Kaplan’s book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Kaplan explains his view as an environmental determinist. Kaplan rationalizes his view by describing Russia’s neo-imperialistic movement. Even though Russia has ample land, Kaplan is able to justify Putin’s invasions when he explains Russia’s geographical situation.
Johnston, R.J., Gregory, D., Pratt, G., and Watts, M. (2000) The Dictionary of Human Geography, 4th Edition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
In olden days, our ancestors used many different measures to find their way around the Earth. They used the positions of stars, landmarks were put up and detailed maps were drafted in order to prevent themselves from getting lost. In today’s day and age, it is much easier to know exactly where on Earth you are and find your way around without ever getting lost again - as long as you have a handy device known as a GPS.
Knox, Paul L, and Sallie A Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2010.
It gives people an overview of a large subject with colors, shapes and images which help a lot in people’s memorizations. After having a knowledge bank, people are able to create possibilities and counterfactuals. “Once you represent spatial information in a map you can use that information much more flexibly and productively. One thing a map does is to let you make blueprints. A blueprint looks like a map, but instead of making the blueprint match the world, we change the world to match the blueprint. Once we know how to make spatial maps, we can also decide to make changes in the spatial layout of objects, including our own bodies, and predict the effects of those changes” (Gopnik 176). Constructing by images, colors and shapes, mental map can be easily and readily memorized. People can recall things faster when they using mental map than note-taking. Mental map help people always point the direction at the unknown city, help people have no problem in remembering where they park their car in the parking lot. Besides, mental map is the important key for people to generate efficient ideas and make decisions. “Information that assisted me in my goal attracted my attention, what did not was judge irrelevant (63). After brainstorming, people will structure the ideas to a mental map. They can scan it very fast and find the most efficient route or way. And other useless things might
There are main 4 types of technology used by geographers today, they are GPS, GIS, Remote Sensing and Mashups. Firstly, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. A GPS determines one's distance from multiple orbiting satellites, which then can lead to a precise place on Earth. GPS is used for things such as emergencies, navigation and creation of digital maps. For example, if a person was lost, he or she could send out their GPS location to send for help. These things are important because we become lost often, and when we do, we can
The fieldwork involves gathering information, and photographs taken from the air by a spacecraft called satellites. Geographers use computers to help them understand the information they receive. This information is then displayed on maps called Topographic maps. These maps display the natural land formations as well as how people have divided the land to show the boundaries of countries and the many political divisions. Economics is the social science that analyzes how people, governments, firms, and nations make choices about production, consumption, and the transferring of capital.
I believe that geography is a significant subject in the primary national curriculum because it supports children to develop an understanding of the places in the world and the diverse range of people who live in it. For me, this is an important aspect to learning because it enables children to be globally aware. According to the DFES (Great Britain. Department for Education and Skills, 2005a) education plays a vital role in helping children to recognise their contribution and responsibilities as citizens of the global community and equips them with skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. In a recent geography seminar, I collaboratively planned a lesson for KS2, involving children taking a visit to Seaton, a local beach in Cornwall to compare and contrast the area through photographs after recent storm damage. The Royal Geographical Society (2014) suggests through the use of enquiry-based fieldwork, children can gain first hand experiences of physical processes. Having planned this activity I now realise that the use of first hand experiences will support children to develop attitudes and opinions. This is important because in my future geography teaching I can challenge children by using t...
The Five Themes of Geography are: Location – Absolute points on a map or grid or Relative to where something may be; Place – The physical and/or human characteristics of a locations; Human/Environment Interactions – How humans have impacted the landscape or environment; Relationship between places Movement – How humans interact on the earth (i.e. how they communicate over distance (short or long)) and Regions – a unit of space that has commonalities defined by physical, human and environmental geography. The Explorers of the New World may have not known what the Five Themes of Geography were but they quickly learned. Of the five themes the ones that they all took advantage of was the physical Location and Place as they learned to navigate to and from as well as through their new environments. Over Time the explorers began to discover the relationships within their environments and original occupants of the lands as well as the regions in which they now occupied.