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Title:Map reading skills of prospective graduates of geography, Addis Ababa University: some implications to teacher education
Author:Dalelo, AkliluISNI
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
Subjects:geography education
teacher education
Map reading
Teachers--Training of
Addis Ababa University
Abstract:Assessment of the map reading skills of final year students in the Department of Geography at Addis Ababa University revealed that their performance on specific items of the test and the test as a whole was far from satisfactory. More than 28 percent failed to correctly answer even half of the test items, which were originally prepared to test similar skills among high school students. The final year students also displayed poor ability to sketch, to the extent of failing to appropriately locate the first-level administrative regions of Ethiopia. The study also indicated that students with prior teaching experience performed significantly better than those with no teaching experience. As the skills under consideration are essential to would-be teachers, lack of them will have an adverse effect on a later teaching career. The implications of the findings for the teaching of geography in Ethiopian high schools are discussed. Bibliogr., notes, sum.