World Geography: Understanding a Changing World provides curriculum-aligned online tools that develop students' global literacy, focusing on the geographic, political, social, economic, environmental, and cultural forces that are increasingly important in our globalized world.
300 years ago, American students needed only to learn rudimentary reading, writing, and mathematics in order to pursue a successful career as an adult. Today, having a broad knowledge of the myriad places, cultures, and ongoing events around the world is essential to being an effective citizen, informed voter, and contributing member of an interconnected global society. But for 21st-century learners, the responsibility to be informed about what's beyond their day-to-day lives is accompanied by boundless opportunities to play a role on the world stage—and to experience all that is unique, exciting, beautiful, and tragic in the world.
World Geography: Understanding a Changing World is presented in a highly visual format that engages users and helps them gain understanding and become informed citizens of the world. Content is truly comprehensive, comprising nearly 25,000 primary and secondary sources, yet is simple to navigate. Students can perform advanced searches by region and category as well as country, and utilize CLIOView to make meaningful demographic comparisons between countries. The Analyze section supports student inquiry by posing such questions as "What will Pakistan look like in 2023?", "Can indigenous tribes use geographic information systems to protect their interests without significant risks?", and "How have new technologies changed human perception of geography?"
Users will learn about country-specific holidays and celebrations and read balanced feature stories that offer an in-depth look at international issues. Overview sections present the big picture; integrated reference entries with detailed examinations of specific topics are a click away. Students aged eight to eighty can utilize user-friendly search functions to learn about illiteracy, population growth, common currency, natural resources, GDP per capita, and more.
• Contains profiles of nearly 200 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, providing a portrait of each nation's location, people, and culture; recent and early history; politics; and economy; plus more than 600 maps, including political and topographical by country and world region
• Includes Analyze sections that provide historical background, multiple perspectives, learning activities, and more to stimulate critical thinking on perplexing questions such as "How has U.S. support of Israel played a key role in ensuring the existence of the Jewish state?" and "Can Borneo develop sustainable economic growth without further destroying its environmental resources?"
• Provides 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
• New in-depth stories on relevant issues across the world today are featured on the database home page
• Powerful targeted searching makes everything accessible by text and reference category, while "Did you mean?" search assistance prevents misspellings from slowing the learning process
• Primary and secondary sources include political and topographic country maps, video and audio clips, noteworthy speeches, facts and figures, recipes, glossary terms, and national constitutions, as well as geography, history, government and politics, and culture sections for every nation
• Geography Concepts sections take interested students on a tour of the study of geography itself, explaining what it entails in various aspects and identifying the challenges that different specialists within geography face