First Advisor

Upton, Gary


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education and Counseling

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access



Number of Pages

112 pages


The need for increased geographic literacy in an age of globalization and the decline in geographic literacy among people in the United States have created an educational challenge that should be addressed aggressively in the K-12 curriculum. One roadblock to improvement of geographic instruction is the subject centered instruction designed to accommodate standardized testing. The isolation of subject materials in the educational process limits students' understanding and topic relevance. Canatsey (1999) suggested that the study of geography can create relationships among multiple subjects and that the resulting connections lead to a greater understanding of geography, as well as the other subjects with which it is integrated. The purpose of this project was to design an interdisciplinary fourth grade geography unit in which geography is integrated with a variety of other disciplines, including: (a) mathematics, (b) history, (c) reading and writing, (d) art, (e) economics, and (f) technology. This integration of geography with other disciplines provides students with a learning experience intended to increase geographic literacy while at the same time reinforcing skills and knowledge from other disciplines.

Date of Award

Spring 2006

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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