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.
- 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
"Because the information is so concise and organized and comparisons of countries can so easily be made, this is a site worth previewing. Recommended."
"ABC-CLIO has entered the online subscription market with three very solid, well-planned, easy-to-use products that will appeal to students."
"It's easy for teachers to customize this ... A useful resource for all schools and libraries."
"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."
"[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."
"[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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
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