Find It on a Map: Country Location Identification in a University Geography Classroom, 2016-2022
History & Political Science
Blank paper maps are often used to assess student location knowledge. A total of 502 students enrolled in 12 undergraduate World Geography classes between 2016 and 2022 were initially asked to find some of the following countries on a blank world map: Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. Comparing student cohorts, results were generally mediocre and consistent over time, yet changes in identification accuracy appear with the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and in times of intense US media coverage of a country.
Journal of Geography
Hagge, Patrick D. "Find It on a Map: Country Location Identification in a University Geography Classroom, 2016–2022", Journal of Geography (June 2023). DOI: 10.1080/00221341.2023.2224374