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Praxis Early Childhood Education: Geography Overview - Chapter Summary
Use our video lessons to review geographical terms, regions and maps in preparation for the Praxis Early Childhood Education test. Specific topics covered in this chapter include:
- Examining contemporary approaches in geography
- Looking at geographical similarities in scale, space and place
- Exploring tools such as maps, GPS and GIS
- Discussing the characteristics of human and cultural geography
- Identifying formal, functional and vernacular regions
- Describing human environmental impacts
- Reading topographic and geologic maps
Our instructors, experts in their fields, bring you informational and entertaining lessons to make studying fun. Each video is less than 10 minutes long and can be watched as many times as you'd like. If you want to skip to a main point in the lesson, click on video tags. As an additional study method, read lesson transcripts to bolster your understanding of materials discussed in the videos.
Praxis Early Childhood Education: Geography Overview Chapter Objectives
Some states require beginning educators to take the Praxis Early Childhood Content Knowledge test for licensure or certification to teach early childhood education. The test is divided into 6 content areas. The Social Studies content area of the test, which includes questions about people, places and environments, accounts for approximately 13% of the test. Use our video lessons about geography to prepare to answer these types of questions on the test.
The test consists of 120 selected-response questions. Selected-response questions might require you to drag and drop answers, select multiple choice items, fill in a text box or click on part of a graphic. The test is provided in a computer format. Each test session is 2 hours long.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS
How can we study the earth and the features in it? Watch this lesson to find out more about common tools used in geography, including maps, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems, and their differences.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Human Impacts on the Environment
The human population continues to grow, but the size of Earth and the resources available for our use are limited. Humans greatly impact the world around them, and our actions can and often do have dramatic and long-lasting consequences.
7. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps
This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.
8. Andes Mountains: Facts & Location
The Andes Mountains are the world's longest mountain range. Learn where the Andes are located, and learn facts about the Andes' climate, people, and animals.
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