Geography bowl aims to improve high schoolers’ knowledge

A report released in 2002 by the U.S. Education Department revealed that the average geography scores of the nation's fourth and eighth graders had improved but was still low compared to testing done eight years earlier. On a scale of 500‚ fourth graders improved from a score of 206 to 209‚ while eighth graders went from 260 to 262. In that same study‚ there were no overall changes for 12th graders with a score of 285.

Georgia (Apr 19, 2006) — To better prepare high schoolers to succeed in college‚ particularly in the liberal arts‚ three KSU professors initiated a geography bowl that is now in its seventh year.

“Geography is important because its emphasis on mapping and trying to understand the ‘why of the where’ ties all the other social sciences together‚” said professor Harry Trendell‚ who started the bowl with professors Garrett Smith and Mark Patterson. “Unfortunately‚ many students are falling behind in geographic literacy in our country.”

A report released in 2002 by the U.S. Education Department revealed that the average geography scores of the nation's fourth− and eighth−graders had improved but was still low compared to testing done eight years earlier. In that same study‚ the scores of 12th−graders did not improve at all.

But Trendell and his colleagues are hoping the High School Invitational World Geography Bowl‚ which is patterned after college−level bowls sponsored by the Association of American Geographers‚ will help improve these statistics. The competition is limited to ninth−graders who are taking world geography classes. Area high schools competing in this year’s competition are Cherokee‚ Etowah‚ Grady‚ Kennesaw Mountain‚ Riverwood‚ Walton‚ Wheeler and Woodstock.

The bowl will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday‚ April 21‚ in the Student Center University Rooms.





A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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