ABC-CLIO

World Geography

Understanding a Changing World

by Julie Dunbar, M. Troy Burnett, Niem Huynh, and Joseph Kerski, Editors

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Topics Geography and World Cultures/General
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    978-1-59884-671-3

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Description

As globalization continues to transform the world, cultures once distinct mix and create opportunities for students to view the world from the perspectives of others. These new perspectives, grounded in critical thinking, lead them to meet people, to experience places, to grow as individuals, and to contribute to society in ways they may previously have never imagined. An education in world geography enables students to form these perspectives.

World Geography: Understanding a Changing World develops students' global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world. On any given country, students can find information about the landforms and climate; natural resources and agriculture; environment; people; traditions and etiquette; food and holidays; national dress; art and landmarks; and government, politics, and economy; as well as its history and contemporary issues the country faces.

Highlights

  • Contains profiles of nearly 200 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation's geographical features, recent and early history, culture, politics, and economy, plus more than 600 political and topographical maps to situate readers
  • Houses more than 8,500 primary and secondary sources that include images of palaces, capitals, and ruins; flags; noteworthy speeches; recipes; facts and figures; glossary terms; and national constitutions
  • Includes more than 1,700 biographies of important political and cultural figures, including Nigerian human rights activist and playwright Wole Soyinka, Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
  • Provides historical background and multiple perspectives to complex questions reflective of global interconnectedness, such as “What steps should be taken to help provide access to clean water for more people in the world?” and "Can Borneo develop sustainable economic growth without further destroying its environmental resources?"
  • Features the CLIOview tool that allows students to make comparisons and graph statistical data at the country level, with more than 160 categories including birth rate, currency, social media users, and more to choose from
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ABC-CLIO Solutions School Editions


Offering effective technology for your library and created specifically for middle and high school students, ABC-CLIO Solutions Schools Edition provides authoritative coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects.

Each online ABC-CLIO Solution includes four innovative components:

A COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE LIBRARY with content from more than 230,000 primary sources and entries encompassing audio, video, photographs, illustrations, maps, and rich media.

A STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material.

A DEEP COLLECTION OF MODEL COMMENTARIES from noted scholars that have been specially commissioned to foster critical thinking stimulated by exposure to varying points of view.

AN EDUCATOR SUPPORT CENTER containing valuable professional development tools as well as relevant resources such as discussion points, activities, lesson plans, and research lists.

Highlights

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  • Each Solutions database include a subject-specific library, a curriculum, unique model commentaries, and a full-featured educator support center
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  • More affordable than resources with far less content and fewer advanced features, Solutions databases represent an outstanding value
Advisory Board

Julie Dunbar leads ABC-CLIO's electronic program in geography and issues. Alongside her team, she writes, edits, and acquires content for the company's award-winning World Geography, United States Geography, and Issues databases. She has a BA in geography from the University of Colorado and an MFA in writing from Naropa University. She lives in Colorado.

M. Troy Burnett is associate professor of geography at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. His current research involves the role of wildlife corridors in mitigating the impacts of climate change and human habitat alteration. Dr. Burnett also teaches the Wildlife Corridors Project at Banff National Park. He is a prolific contributor to ABC-CLIO's World Geography database, having written on topics ranging from energy use in the U.S. to independence for Kashmir, to the demographics of China; and Dr. Burnett is editor of Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction (ABC-CLIO 2016). Dr. Burnett earned his PhD in geography from UCLA.

Niem Huynh is a graduate recruiter at Concordia University and a research fellow for the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Huynh specializes in geography education and is recipient of a National Science Foundation reserach grant to study STEM learning. She has served the College Board as an Advanced Placement reader for human geography and, as a member of the Geography Education Research Committee, she helped develop the National Council for Geography Education's Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education. Dr. Huynh has taught high school and at the university level. She received her PhD in geography from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Joseph Kerski is education manager for the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), adjunct instructor of geography at the University of Denver, and past president of the National Council for Geographic Education. Dr. Kerski has taught geography in high schools, community colleges, universities, and in the professional world. He is author of a number of books including, Interpreting Our World: 100 Discoveries that Revolutionized Geography (ABC-CLIO 2016) and writes a regular column for The Geography Teacher. In June 2016, he received a lifetime achievement award for his work in geospatial education from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence. Dr. Kerski earned his PhD in geography from the University of Colorado.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

"ABC-CLIO’s World Geography database is a useful resource for users to explore the world around them. The World Geography database does not limit itself strictly to geography in the traditional sense—the entries on each nation include reflections on history, politics, and culture. . . . Recommended for high school and academic libraries."—ARBA

"Because the information is so concise and organized and comparisons of countries can so easily be made, this is a site worth previewing. Recommended."—The Book Report

"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with three very solid, well-planned, easy-to-use products that will appeal to students."—Booklist

"It's easy for teachers to customize this ... A useful resource for all schools and libraries."—KLIATT

"World Geography is particularly appropriate for middle and junior high school students and may be of some use in high school ... World Geography does all the work of correlating the Web site with the textbooks and academic standards, relieving the teacher of that burden. World Geography will be a boon to busy teachers who want to use the Internet in the instruction of geography."—Reference Reviews

"[This] online database could easily replace textbooks for middle and high school courses ... Topic explorations help the students, while Teaching Tools offer instructional materials for classroom use, plus correlations to standards, textbook sets, etc."—Library Media Connection

"[World Geography] challenge[s] students to evaluate historical evidence, interpret current events, and make comparative analysis. Students can use the rich resources available in [this] database to complete assignments, create presentations, and develop true global understanding. The current news, features, and commentaries can be integrated into curriculum, assignments, and class discussions."—School Library Journal

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist

"Highly Recommended."—Library Media Connection

Endorsements

"Since we purchased the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, our library usage has grown tenfold. The library is packed these days! The depth and breadth of the websites is wonderful. Everything that students need—from country profiles to current images, maps, and documents—is in one place. And besides social studies teachers, foreign language teachers, and others use the websites too—some to plan curriculum. The library and social studies faculties are now working more closely together."—Joanne Hughes
Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

"Our students are more engaged when they use the World Geography Website. They love being able to compare and contrast data with the CLIOview statistical tool. And because reference entry is crossed-linked to related entries, students conduct deeper searches than they otherwise would. This dynamic resource has become embedded in our curriculum. We couldn't live without it!"—Ginny Garvic
Social Studies Specialist, Katy ISD
Katy, TX

"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."—Terrie Crockwell
Library Media Technician
Etiwanda High School
Etiwanda, CA

"With the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, students can locate information themselves with minimal instruction. The websites are accurate and reliable, and they guide students in building information literacy skills—examining different interpretations, choosing between resources, and synthesizing information. Teachers appreciate that the websites are current and aligned to standards."—Susan Leigh Burrell
Librarian/Media Specialist
Grace E. Metz Middle School
Manassas, VA

"Our history department has done away with most textbooks this year! With their wealth of primary sources, critical thinking activities, and daily news articles, the ABC-CLIO Schools websites help us guide our students in becoming social scientists."—Jim A. Masker
Social Studies Teacher, Cate School
Carpinteria, CA

Awards

2002 Curriculum Web Site Awards, Premium Award — District Administration

2002 Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist — EdPress

2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News

2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration

2004 Social Studies Website, High School — ComputED Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIES)

2004 Award of Distinction — The Communicator Awards

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2011 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

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