Understanding World Regional Geography, 2nd Edition

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Understanding World Regional Geography, 2nd Edition

By Erin H. Fouberg, William G. Moseley

Understanding World Regional Geography (UWRG) is a course designed to teach students to think and apply geographic concepts long after the course is over. Author Erin Fouberg draws from her expertise in geography education and research in student learning to create a product that has a strong pedagogical framework designed to engage students and deepen their understanding of the world by having them “DO” Geography.

The 2nd edition is now available with the new WileyPLUS online platform and provides instructors with the freedom and flexibility to tailor curated content, and easily customize and manage their course, and presents students with a clear learning path designed to engage and motivate them so they succeed in the course. UWRG is the first introductory course to integrate ESRI ArcGIS Online thematic maps, enabling students to engage with course materials, see patterns, and answer geographic questions. UWRG includes features that help students learn to read cultural and physical landscapes, ask geographic questions, apply geographic concepts, and make connections. It integrates 25 threshold concepts and teaches students how geographers apply these concepts, and asks them to apply these concepts themselves. This enables them to grasp the complexities of the world and provides them with the knowledge and thinking skills necessary to understanding it.

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ArcGIS Online interactive maps transform learning.

An established and exclusive partnership with Esri and maps.com gives students access to six thematic maps that open in the new WileyPLUS online platform. Each map opens in the dynamic environment of ArcGIS online with its full interactive capabilities and is set to focus on region of study in the corresponding chapters. ArcGIS Online Activities are available for assignment with each chapter and are designed to help students manipulate the interactive maps in a meaningful way and get them thinking like a geographer.

Videos help explain geographic concepts.

Research in geography education has established that to think geographically, students must learn, apply and personalize geographic concepts. Students learn 25 geographic concepts through the Threshold Concept Videos and are asked to apply Threshold Concepts in the end-of-chapter Creative and Critical Thinking Questions.

Map Quizzes

Map quizzes offer students a visual way where they can test their knowledge of regional cities, countries, and physical features.

Self-Scoring Practice

Self-Scoring Practice

The Practice tab of each chapter section module gives students a set of questions they can use for self-assessment as they explore the corresponding chapter section and allow them to see what they still need to master before completing higher-stakes online assignments.

Pre-Created Assignments

Pre-Created Assignments

Pre-created Assignments allow instructors to save time by choosing from an extensive bank of assignments they can to add to their course. These assignments often highlight questions with embedded audio or video and links to the text.

    Features Include:

  • Understanding World Regional Geography introduces students to dozens of geographic concepts that they can integrate and apply to real-world situations. Across 14 chapters the authors highlight 25 Threshold Concepts that will help students learn to think geographically. Once they learn a threshold concept and apply it themselves, the will begin to integrate the concept in their thinking and can draw from it to learn new material and think geographically. When a Threshold Concept is introduced in depth, an icon appears (TC) and a definition is given at the bottom of the page. At the end of each chapter, the Creative and Critical Thinking Questions each integrate Threshold Concepts, which gives you an opportunity to apply Threshold Concepts to your surroundings and case studies from each world region.
  • Chapter Opener Featuring a single photograph and a short vignette, the authors draw students into reading the chapter. The goal of each chapter opener is to get students to think about their existing perception of a region.
  • Guest Field Notes: The authors invited colleagues to discuss their fieldwork-based research. Each guest field note includes a photograph and a vignette describing the fieldwork.
  • Using Geographic Tools This feature demonstrates, through real-world examples, how geographers use tools, including regions, mental maps, GIS, crowd-sourced maps, statistics, surveys, landscape analysis, and planning, to do geography. Each Using Geographical Tools entry includes a photo or map and two Thinking Geographically questions.
  • Reading the Physical Landscape Students are walked through the process of examining a physical landscape, identifying physical features, and understanding the processes that created the features in the landscape.
  • Reading the Cultural Landscape Students are walked through the process of examining a cultural landscape, identifying the visible imprint of humans and cultures on the landscape, and understanding the processes that shaped the landscape.
  • Your Turn: Geography in the Field Students are given the opportunity to analyze a photograph, make observations, ask questions, and think through answers. Each Your Turn: Geography in the Field feature includes at least two Thinking Geographically questions.

Erin H. Fouberg is professor of geography and director of the Honors Program at Northern State University where she teaches courses in world regional geography, human geography, physical geography, geographic information systems (GIS), and political geography. She graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and then earned her master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1997). Her research interests include the political geography of American Indian sovereignty, geography education, and sacred sites. She served as Vice President of Publications and Products for the National Council for Geography Education. She has co-authored four editions of Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture (with Alexander B. Murphy and H.J. de Blij, Wiley, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015). She served as an editor on The Atlas of the 2012 Elections (with J. Clark Archer, Robert H. Watrel, Fiona Davidson, Kenneth C. Martis, Richard L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley, and Gerald R. Webster, Roman and Littlefield, 2014) and co-edited The Tribes and the States (with Brad A. Bays, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). Dr. Fouberg excels in teaching and advising undergraduate students, earning teaching awards from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a graduate student, from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia as an assistant professor, and from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota as an associate professor. She is active in her community, serving leadership roles on the soccer board, PTA, and fundraising campaigns for children’s charities. She enjoys traveling, reading, golfing, and watching athletic and theater events at Northern State.

William G. Moseley is a professor and chair of geography, and director of African studies, at Macalester College where he teaches courses on human geography, environment, development and Africa. His research interests include political ecology, tropical agriculture, environment and development policy, and livelihood security. His research and work experiences have led to extended stays in Mali, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Niger and Lesotho. He is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed articles and books’ chapters. His books include: An Introduction to Human-Environment Geography: Local Dynamics and Global Processes (with Eric Perramond, Holly Hapke and Paul Laris) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); four editions of Taking Sides: Clashing Views on African Issues (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011); Hanging by a Thread: Cotton, Globalization and Poverty in Africa (with Leslie Gray) (Ohio University Press, 2008); The Introductory Reader in Human Geography: Contemporary Debates and Classic Writings (with David Lanegran and Kavita Pandit) (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007); and African Environment and Development: Rhetoric, Programs, Realities (with B. Ikubolajeh Logan) (Ashgate, 2004). His fieldwork has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright-Hays program. He has served as editor of the African Geographical Review, as a national councilor to the Association of American Geographers, and as chair of the cultural and political ecology specialty group. In 2011, he won the Educator of the Year award from students at Macalester College, and in 2013, he won the Media award from the Association of American Geographers for his work communicating geography to the general public via essays that have appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Al jazeera English. Bill lives with his wife and two children in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he enjoys running, cross-country skiing and camping in his spare time.

Chapter 1. Introduction to World Regional Geography
Chapter 2. Global Connections
Chapter 3. Geography of Development
Chapter 4. Subsaharan Africa
Chapter 5. Southwest Asia and North Africa
Chapter 6. South Asia
Chapter 7. Southeast Asia
Chapter 8. East Asia
Chapter 9. Europe
Chapter 10. North and Central Eurasia
Chapter 11. North America
Chapter 12. Latin America and the Caribbean
Chapter 13. Pacific
Chapter 14. World Regions and World Cities

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