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November 18th, 2008
Texas State brings Geography to local school

The Grosvenor Center of Texas State University recently visited the campus of De Zavala Elementary School, bringing a giant 26 foot by 35 foot map of North America. The elementary students were able to walk on the map and learn aspects about the continent on which they live.

The Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education was established with the mission to encourage research and provide leadership in the movement to increase the quality of geographic education. The name of the Center is designed to honor the vast contributions that Mr. Grosvenor and the National Geographic Society have made in advancing the national reform movement in geography.

The mission of the Grosvenor Center is accomplished through development and implementation of innovative actions and events related to how students, and the general public, learn geography. Research comprises an integral component of all these activities. The Center sponsors, coordinates, and facilitates research and activities in such areas as (1) teaching methods, (2) student and public learning of geography, (3) curriculum, (4) assessment, (5) cognitive mapping, and (6) the uses of technology. Special attention is paid to geographic education issues at the university level. The Center’s efforts also serve to influence changes in public policy that elevate the importance of geography in societies throughout the world.

by Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD

(Photo by: Linda Contreras)

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