Ch 59: NMTA Social Science: Introduction to Human & Cultural Geography

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Let us help you prepare for the NMTA Social Science exam by providing information on environmental determinism, types of regions and geographic similarities. Use these videos and quizzes to help you correctly answer exam questions.

NMTA Social Science: Introduction to Human & Cultural Geography - Chapter Summary

Our lessons can aid you in brushing up on your knowledge of the characteristics and study of human and cultural geography in preparation for the NMTA Social Science exam. The exam covers the following topics that will help you answer these types of exam questions:

  • Defining human and cultural geography
  • Exploring contemporary approaches in geography
  • Looking at the relationship between environmental determinism and cultural ecology
  • Describing formal, functional and vernacular regions
  • Looking at scale, space and place
  • Using vocabulary related to cultural influences on a geographic region

Our instructors break down these topics into easy-to-digest lessons that will help you get ready for the exam. You should have a solid understanding of human and cultural geography after you've watched all of these lessons.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Introduction to Human & Cultural Geography Chapter

Everyone seeking certification to teach social science in New Mexico must pass the NMTA Social Science exam. The topics detailed in this chapter are in the test's subarea on geography and culture, which accounts for 19% of the total exam score.

The exam is computer-based, and the geography and culture subarea contains all multiple-choice questions. You can prepare to answer these types of questions with the quizzes that follow each lesson. The quizzes also make it easy to assess your knowledge before test day.

7 Lessons in Chapter 59: NMTA Social Science: Introduction to Human & Cultural Geography
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Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

1. Human & Cultural Geography: Definition, Characteristics & Studies

Humans don't exist in a vacuum. We live with other humans, and we live in a specific environment. In this lesson, we'll examine human & cultural geography, including what it is, and what types of topics are studied in the field.

Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

2. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.

Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

3. Environmental Determinism and Cultural Ecology: Definitions, Relation & Adaptation

How do cultures develop? How does the environment influence culture? In this lesson, we'll examine some of the historical and contemporary approaches to those questions, including environmental determinism and cultural ecology.

Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

4. Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

There are many different ways to divide land up into regions. In this lesson, we'll look at the common types of regions in geography, including formal regions, functional regions, and vernacular regions.

Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

5. Spatial Association of Culture Regions: Definition, Distinctions & Influences

Have you ever noticed that people who live near water eat a lot of fish? Or that rainforests are in areas that have a lot of rain and high temperatures? In this lesson, we'll look at spacial associations in geography, as well as how they relate to culture.

Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

6. Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

You've probably heard, and even used, the words 'space' and 'place.' But do you know what they mean in the field of cultural geography? In this lesson, we'll look at how geographers define areas, including space, place, and scale.

Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

7. Cultural Influence on a Geographic Region: Vocabulary

How does a culture spread? And how can we study the way that culture changes across physical space? In this lesson, we'll look at two approaches to cultural geography: the core-domain-sphere model and culture regions and realms.

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