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School desk atlases: South African practice and international trends

Vlok A.C. (1991)

Although geography educators worldwide agree that school atlases are essential teaching aids, the effectiveness and frequency of use are reported to be distressingly low. Countrywide interviews conducted with school teachers, tertiary educators and education administrators, confirm that this state of affairs also exists in South Africa. The project described here attempts to determine the underlying parameters of the problem and explore the international literature for solutions. Although other factors were often involved, similar constraints to the ones experienced by South African geography teachers prompted the development of innovative atlases and teachers' handbooks overseas. Parallel strategies in this country could help to restore the atlas to its rightful place as a teaching aid in the geography classroom. -Author

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