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October 2001 Issue
The Geographical Review
October 2001, Vol. 91 (4), pp. 641-654
The Classroom as the Field for Studying Geographical Education
L. Jean Palmer-Moloney and Elizabeth Bloom
Keywords: collaboration, fieldwork, geographical education, schools, spatial intelligence, standards.
Recent attempts by U.S. politicians to reform the nation's schools have shifted the goal of education to school accountability as assessed in standardized testing. Such an emphasis undermines geographical education in schools because of geography's superficial representation in tests and in the social studies curriculum. Fieldwork done in the classroom can point to means of circumventing this dilemma. Collaborative fieldwork between college faculty members and public-school teachers has the potential for adding geography to the social studies curriculum in a substantive way. Work conducted jointly by Hartwick College and the Oneonta (New York) Middle School exemplifies such a partnership.