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Geography Education in Island Elementary Schools Using Entry-level Drones: An Example of Environmental Experience Learning

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(1), pp.1-14
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.1.1
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : March 2, 2018
  • Accepted : March 30, 2018

Kwang Hee Choi 1

1영산강유역환경청 측정분석과

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ABSTRACT

The island area has relatively few opportunities for experiential learning in the geography and environment fields compared to cities. It is difficult to obtain aerial photographs used for geography education in this area. This study developed an environmental experiential program for elementary school students in the island area and discussed the possibility of geography education using entry-level drones. The program was conducted in six schools, consisting of an acidity measurement experiment and controlling drones. The students(N = 143) took pictures of schools and their surrounding areas using drones at the play ground and looked at them in their classroom. More than 93% of the participants were satisfied with the program. About 40% of the students referred to the ‘drone’ which is the second most popular word after the word ‘fun’ in their reviews. The use of drones in geography education at islands is expected to contribute to promoting student interests, spatial understanding, scale learning, and exploring environmental changes.

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