Powerful Geography
Project Milestones

  1. GeoCapabilities (2013-2017)
  • International collaborative project that introduced the capabilities approach as a framework for defining and measuring the societal value of geography education.
  • Philosophical basis of Powerful Geography.

 

  1. June 2017: Powerful Geography Research Workshop 1
  • NCRGE-sponsored event with objective of adapting GeoCapabilities research to inform next iteration of U.S. national geography standards and related future school interventions and teacher education.
  • Personnel: Richard Boehm (Texas State University), Michael Solem (American Association of Geographers), Robert Morrill (Professor Emeritus, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), James Kracht (Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University), Joseph Stoltman (Western Michigan University), Audrey Mohan (BSCS), Patricia Solís (Texas Tech University), Thomas Larsen (Kansas State University), Joshua Brake (New Braunfels High School), Trent Wenzel (New Braunfels High School) and Joanna Zadrozny (Texas State University).

 

  1. July 2017: NCGE Albuquerque
  • Plenary session and public rollout of Powerful Geography initiative.
  • Personnel: Richard Boehm, Michael Solem, Robert Morrill, Joseph Stoltman, Audrey Mohan, Thomas Larsen, and Joanna Zadrozny

 

  1. August 2017: Powerful Geography Research Workshop 2
  • NCRGE-sponsored event with early-career scholars. The objective was to develop lesson plans and approaches of conveying principles of Powerful Geography to teachers. Material has been submitted to The Geography Teacher.
  • Personnel: Richard Boehm (Texas State University), Michael Solem (American Association of Geographers), Joanna Zadrozny (Texas State University), Thomas Larsen (Kansas State University), Joshua Brake (New Braunfels High School), Sandra Metoyer (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Caroline McClure (Texas State University alum), Mary Curtis (University of Texas – Arlington), Jacqueline Waite, Sara Holloway (Texas State University alum), Michael Scholz (Winona State University), and Zach Moore (Eastern Michigan University)

 

  1. April 2018: AAG New Orleans
  • Panel session reporting on progress of Powerful Geography.
  • Presentation of pilot study methodology to GENIP. GENIP agrees to provide feedback on pilot study.

 

  1. June-July 2018: Pilot study
  • $20K RCN-funded grant to AAG. Develop sampling methodology, test lines of questioning for workforce data collection, analysis of interview transcripts.
  • Personnel: Coline Dony, Alex Lafler, Candice Luebbering, Mark Revell, Michael Solem.

 

  1. July 2018: Powerful Geography Research Workshop 3
  • NCRGE-sponsored event with participants from six pilot study states. Review of pilot study findings and development of research methodology for full-scale study.
  • Personnel: Richard Boehm (Texas State University), Michael Solem (American Association of Geographers), Joanna Zadrozny (Texas State University), Randy Bertolas (Wayne State College), Thomas Herman (San Diego State University), Saskia van den Gevel (Appalachian State University), Rebecca Theobald (University of Colorado Colorado Springs), Aaron Doering (University of Minnesota), Mark Carter (Texas State University), Jo Beth Ostreich (Texas State University), Debra Troxell (West Forsyth High School), and Matt Lyons (Fort Bend ISD).

 

  1. August-September 2018: IGU/NCGE Quebec, new proposals
  • Report on progress of pilot study and preparations for DOE and NSF grant competitions.
  • Seek formal endorsement and letter of participation from GENIP.
  • Prepare DOE and NSF research proposals.

9. November 2018: Powerful Geography conference in Costa Rica