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CONCEPT MAPS TO STUDY THE GEOGRAPHIC ENVIRONMENT

Nicusanti, Sonia and Pozzi, Giuliana CONCEPT MAPS TO STUDY THE GEOGRAPHIC ENVIRONMENT.

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Abstract

The proposed educational model comes from a multi-year experimentation that refers to the geography curricular program addressed to the students from the second biennium of the elementary school (9-10 years old). The teachers took advantage of the methodological lines of a science innovative project that identifies the student as a protagonist during his learning process, through the problem solving method that includes the phases of exploration-invention-discovery. The concept maps were, during the years, placed across the path developing it and becoming a meta-cognitive tool for the students. The use of “key-words” and “link-words” has helped the transformation of the knowledge in skill and the generalization of the concepts. The beginning point has been the everyday life of the students with some educational trips around the territory, enriched by the presence of an environmental expert and by the organization of some activities, using the cooperative method, to promote the motivation and prepare the children for an accurate and conscious observation. The material and the data collected are reported in class and reelaborated together, first for a global vision of all the aspects of the territory (landscape). Follows an analytical approach of study and research, to catch the typical elements of each geographical environment and their relationships. The elaboration of the “geographical knowledge” is linked to the “scientific-biological knowledge” and the “historic-knowledge”. The students are constantly stimulated to the construction of connections cause-effect and space-time.

Item Type: Article
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Depositing User: Claudia Martínez
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 09:14
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 09:14
URI: http://eprint.ihmc.us/id/eprint/517

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