Using Travel to Teach the World

Authors: Michael Strong*, Glendale Community College
Topics: Geography Education, Tourism Geography
Keywords: geography education, travel-based learning
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Johnson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Geography has long been a subject invested in exploration of the world. Whether through perilous summits to the top of Mt. Everest or through a page-turner novel set in the American Southwest, individuals have adopted the spirit of geography to go to new places near and far. In this session, I will discuss how geography teachers can use their travel experiences to enhance the teaching of geography. I will share my experiences participating in three-week cultural immersion program in Mexico City and Guanajuato designed for faculty to internationalize their curriculum and how those experiences directly informed the ways I taught about Mexico when I returned to the United States. I leave room for participants to introduce programs and activities they have found beneficial and hope to generate discussion on how to best translate these travel-based experiences into classroom learning.

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