Geography Program (SNR)


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Published in The Social Studies 88:4 (July/August 1997), pp. 167–172. Copyright © 1997 Taylor & Francis Ltd. Used by permission.


The geographic concern with the organization of area involves the concept of regions and regionalization—the spatial division of Earth’s surface into homogeneous classes. Because regions provide a construct that helps in comprehending the complex variations in the world, they are an essential teaching element. ... Teachers can help students understand that people construct regions to interpret Earth’s complexity. Mastering that concept is essential because understanding the idea of region and the process of regionalization is fundamental to being geographically informed.

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