Geoeducational Agents: The Role of Motion Pictures and Television Programs in the Recognition of Landscapes
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Despite years of attempts, the geographic aptitude of students bound for college has either stagnated or actually continued to slip. In many states, geography is just a part of the social studies curriculum, and a minimal one at that. If that is case, where are future college students getting their geographic knowledge? It has been widely believed for many decades that popular media, whether it is books, radio, movies, or television, shapes social and intellectual development, with just as many years of research conducted. If there is merit to this belief, perhaps this is from where students are deriving their information.
Testing was done on students at a university in Texas to determine this. The initial analysis failed to support the concept of media impact, but other intriguing possibilities did arise, possibilities that do not remove motion pictures and television programs completely from the discussion.