DL in Geography

Links on disciplinary literacy in geography

A large part of disciplinary literacy in subject areas is to teach students how to read, write, speak, and think as a person in that area.  In order for students to be able to understand geography, for example, they must be able to read and interpret geography critical texts, write and explain geographic concepts and think about issues and events from a geographers' point of view.  Being able to take these steps leads to deeper and more meaningful learning in the subject area. 

Global literacy is the ability to understand and appreciate the similarities and differences in the customs, values, and beliefs of one's own culture and the cultures of others and the recognition and understanding of interrelationships among international organizations, nation-states, public and private economic entities, sociocultural groups, and individuals across the globe (definition, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2008).

National Geographic posted a new video in May 2012 looking at "What is Geo-Literacy?"

National Geographic's Daniel Edelson on geo-literacy and the important place it holds in the social studies classroom. 

National Geographic Learning Connections on Thinking Like a Geographer