The use of literary works in teaching latin american geography

Don R. Hoy, Gary S. Elbow

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Properly selected literary works can spark student interest in regional geography. Since evidence is mounting that reading levels of students are continuously declining, special attention may be needed to draw students to books. Whereas a textbook, even a well–written one, may fail to hold a student’s attention or stimulate him to attempt further reading, an exciting and informative novel may produce the desired response. Students can learn to appreciate the practical application of traditional geographic writing and instruction through the instructor’s careful integration of course themes with the pseudo–real–life plots of fiction or the true-life situations recounted in biographical works or travel accounts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-569
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1976


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