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Published in Print: July 10, 2002, as Geographic Exposure

Geographic Exposure

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Students taking the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress in geography were asked the following:

How often have you studied the following geography skills and topics in school?


Grade 8

Grade 12

Grade 8

Grade 12

1994 2001 1994 2001 1994 2001 1994 2001
Using maps and globes % % % % Countries and cultures % % % %
Almost every day 9 12* 7 6 Almost every day 23 31* 16 20*
Once or twice a week 30 34* 22 24 Once or twice a week 29 32* 26 32*
Once or twice a month 33 33 31 34* Once or twice a month 28 24* 30 29
Never or hardly ever 28 21* 40 36* Never or hardly ever 20 13* 28 19*
Natural resources % % % % Environmental issues % % % %
Almost every day 9 9 7 7 Almost every day 12 11 11 11
Once or twice a week 21 24* 18 22* Once or twice a week 21 24* 22 26*
Once or twice a month 36 35 31 32 Once or twice a month 33 33 30 33*
Never or hardly ever 34 32 45 39* Never or hardly ever 34 32 37 30*

*Significantly different from 1994.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics. Ordering information for the geography NAEP can be found online at www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html.

Vol. 21, Issue 42, Page 7

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