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Introduction [electronic resource]

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This overview of the geographic perspective highlights the 18 National Geography Standards and associated skills that inform Teaching Geography. A case study looks at the borderland region of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; another follows NASA astronauts on a space shuttle mission. The geographic perspective is explored further in a classroom segment in which students investigate why Russia's Aral Sea is shrinking.
Online
2002
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Latin America [electronic resource]

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In Guatemala, a historical geographer explores the reasons for the decline of the Maya and their present-day explosive growth. In Ecuador, physical geographers work toward reducing the potential hazards of living near an active volcano. Classroom segments feature students investigating the migration of Mexican populations and, after discerning patterns of volcano location, discussing the issues of living near volcanoes.
Online
2002
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North America [electronic resource]

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Through studies of ethnic and economic diversity in Boston and suburban sprawl in Chicago, this session illustrates issues of urban development and expansion in North America. Classroom segments demonstrate how teachers can use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and census data to investigate similar issues in their own communities.
Online
2002
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North Africa/Southwest Asia [electronic resource]

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Explores problems of religious conflict and urban organization with a case study on Jerusalem as sacred space. It also looks at urban and agricultural use of scarce water resources by studying Egypt's Nile River. Classroom segments show students exploring the problems of refugee populations and engaging in a hands-on activity about the Nile River Delta.
Online
2002
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Sub-Saharan Africa [electronic resource]

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Features case studies on the impact of apartheid on present-day South Africa and on AIDS diffusion in Kenya. Classroom segments show educators using role-playing activities to teach students about land allocation in South Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Online
2002
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Russia [electronic resource]

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A case study examines the history of St. Petersburg and its adaptation to a post-Soviet society. Students learn, through a constructivist teaching approach, about the geographic factors behind the location of St. Petersburg and other Russian cities. Cultural mosaics are the focus of a case study on the Russian republic of Dagestan and a classroom segment in which students role-play the negotiation of cultural boundaries in a fictional country.
Online
2002
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Europe [electronic resource]

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Two case studies analyze developments toward a more unified Europe. First is an exploration of Berlin's role as the dynamic capital of a reunified Germany and as a centrally located city in an increasingly unified Europe. Students analyze issues of urban organization in Amsterdam. Supranationalism and the European Union are examined through a case study on Strasbourg and further explored in a classroom debate.
Online
2002
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Global Forces/Local Impact [electronic resource]

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A case study focuses on globalization's impact on the booming Chinese economy and the population that drives it. Students analyze economic data to understand the disparity in the quality of life in Southeast Asia. The second case study examines the conflict between Native Americans and farmers over water usage in Oregon. Students perform field research to determine how human activities affect the quality and availability of water resources.
Online
2002
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Fair Trade, Fair Profit [electronic resource]: Making Green Enterprise Work

All over the world, green enterprise is growing. This program focuses on the catalyst that is transforming Earth-friendly businesses into paying ventures: a thing that economists call externalities. In Mexico, coffee growers use collective bargaining to create a more secure market. In Tanzania, where malaria is rampant, a mosquito net manufacturer makes good by marketing social change. In Brazil, babassu nut farmers preserve their traditional business by finding markets for their nut by-products. And in Uganda, impoverished entrepreneurs rebuild their community with startup money from a nontraditional venture capital fund called C3.
Online
2005; 2002
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One Earth, Many Scales [electronic resource]

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Preparation for a NASA Shuttle mission provides the context for introducing key issues in physical geography and human-environmental interaction including Earth's subduction zones and human distribution patterns. The second part of Program 1, provides a post September 11th view of why the forces of globalization draw some places closer together and cause others to pull farther apart.
Online
2003
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Supranationalism and Devolution [electronic resource]

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Program 3.1 reveals that Strasbourg is a locus of power in an increasingly supranationalist Europe. It provides a case study of the freedom of border crossings within European Union countries. Program 3.2 is case study of the Slovak community since the separation of Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It reveals that this former Communist republic is experiencing border disputes, ethnic tensions with its Hungarian minority and slow economic development.
Online
2003
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East Looks West [electronic resource]

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Program 4.1 focuses on Berlin, the capital of a reunified Germany and a symbol of a more unified Europe, revealling that the integration of East Berlin requires urban reorganization and economic expansion. Program 4.2 reveals several difficulties in diffusing democracy through Poland and the need for a spatial approach to the problems. In small towns and villages throughout Poland, the transition to Democracy is a difficult one.
Online
2003
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Challenges in the Hinterland [electronic resource]

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Program 6.1 documents Spanish Andalucia's struggles to move beyond tourism and agriculture to integrate with Europe's heartland. Program 6.2 is a case study of modern Iceland and its attempt to balance sustainable fish harvests with the social costs of not joining the European Economic Community.
Online
2003
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The Transforming Industrial Heartland [electronic resource]

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Program 5.1 documents the change in the economy of Liverpool from containerized shipping technology which reduced the labor force, to a seaport city that is the center of information and services for the region. Program 5.2 focuses on Randstad, Netherlands, as an example of a small, crowded Netherlands region striving to maintain its transportation connections while preserving dwindling green space.
Online
2003
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Northwest Contrast [electronic resource]

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Program 7.1 documents the challenges that face the port city of St. Petersburg's in post-Soviet society. Program 7.2 documents the privatization of previously state-owned collective farms in the Russian Federation.
Online
2003
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Holding the Hinterlands [electronic resource]

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Program 8.1 contrasts the ethnically diverse, Islamic republic of Dagestan with neighboring Chechnya where rebels fight for independence. Program 8.2 recalls the history of Communist ambitions to create the world's largest hydroelectric project and a new Russian city in the middle of Siberia. Also documents the serious air pollution problem in Bratsk.
Online
2003
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Changes on the Chang Jiang [electronic resource]

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Program 9.1 is a case study of Shanghai as it enters the 21st century on a wave of development, ready to reclaim its legacy as China's commercial center. Program 9.2 documents the steady growth of a township enterprise with three modern Chinese examples: rural vs. urban, agricultural vs. industrial, and coastal vs. interior development.
Online
2003
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A Challenge for Two Old Cities [electronic resource]

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Program 11.1 contrasts Han and Muslim Chinese in the city of Lanzhou. In Program 11.2, the previously dynamic industrial city of Shenyang continues to struggle with modernizing its manufacturing infrastructure.
Online
2003
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The Booming Maritime Edge [electronic resource]

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Program 10.1 explores globalization and the effects of modernization on Chinese society. A Nike production plant in Guangdong Province serves as an example of a global production system that is bringing enormous cultural and social change to the area. Program 10.2 examines the factors that contributed to Taiwan's emergence as a high-tech powerhouse and its unique location as an interface region between Chinese technology and Western society.
Online
2003
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Small Farms, Big Cities [electronic resource]

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In Program 12.1, Japanese rice farmers battle destructive weather in order to save their crops. In Program 12.2, the continuing expansion of the Tokyo megalopolis leads to ever-longer commutes and demand for suburban housing.
Online
2003