Improving Visuals in Geography Textbooks – Application of A Design-Based Research

Journal / Conference: 24. sjezd České geografické společnosti (Geografie na v zostupe), Bratislava, 4.–6. 9. 2018
Authors: Petr Knecht, Jan D. Bláha, Silvie R. Kučerová, Karolína Pešková
Year: 2018
Category of Publication: Contribution in Conference Proceedings
Pages, web: pouze abstrakt / only abstract
Keywords: geography education, design-based research, geography textbooks, visuals
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Abstract: The aims of the presented research (which was supported by the Czech Science Foundation project No. GA 16-01003S) are: a) to identify lower secondary pupils’ preferences about visuals in geography textbooks, b) to design a prototypical textbook chapter accompanied with prototypical school atlas maps, based on evidence-based recommendations and reflecting pupils’ preferences, c) to evaluate the proposed educational materials on the sample of 20 lower-secondary school pupils. The methodological frame of the study is based on Design-Based Research (Euler 2014). The study focused on the development of two key design principles (Edelson 2002; DBRC 2003): problem-based learning and developing visual literacy. Content-specific recommendations for textbook developers were identified. They are transferrable to different topics across geography curriculum. Contributions to theory and practice of geography education were also generated.
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