Dissertation Defense Announcement
The College of Education announces the final dissertation defense of
for the degree of Doctor of Education
June 16, 2016 at 10:00 am in 405 Ball Hall
Major Advisor: Jeffrey Byford, PhD
AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY TEACHER PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES WITH WILLIAM PATTISON’S CONTENT AND PEDAGOGICAL SUGGESTIONS
A qualitative case study methodology was used to explore AP Human Geography teacher perceptions of William Pattison’s high school geography content and curriculum suggestions. The study also examined AP Human Geography teacher experiences with content training. Seven AP Human Geography teachers provided semi-structured in-depth interviews to address research questions. The researcher identified four themes: (1) inquiry approaches among teachers; (2) regional geography integration within a thematic curriculum; (3) the importance of teacher communities; and (4) limitations in college geography presented a challenge. Recommendations for future research are also addressed.