Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2018, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (12): 2007-2015.doi: 10.1007/s11442-018-1577-7

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Fresh thing for freshman: Exploring a blended method on teaching the history of geographic thought

Chao YE1,2(), Xinrong HUANG2, Yuxin PAN2, Shan YANG2   

  1. 1. Faculty of Education & School of Geographic Sciences, Institute of Eco-Chongming, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China;
    2. School of Geographic Sciences, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023, China
  • Received:2017-10-26 Accepted:2018-01-10 Online:2018-12-20 Published:2018-12-20
  • About author:

    Author: Ye Chao (1978-), PhD and Professor, specialized in geographical thought, urbanization and cultural geography. E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    Peak Discipline Construction Project of Education at East China Normal University; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41571138, No.41471135, No.41871143


It is necessary for undergraduates majoring in geography to learn the history of geographic thought. Although there are different cultural and educational backgrounds between China and the West, teaching methods such as text teaching, students’ presentations and group learning are suitable for most of teachers and students even from different countries and regions. The blended method is helpful to popularize history of geographic thought and improve the level of teaching and learning. Owing to lack of the class on the history of geographic thought in countries like China, the authors try to explore a blended method for the first-year geography undergraduates and to assess the effects of this teaching based on some questionnaires. The students have different benefits and responses to this class. A special group consisting of one teacher and several undergraduates does the research and coauthors the paper through making questionnaire, interviewing and analyzing materials from 67 freshmen majoring in human geography and geography science (teacher-training) in China. For the undergraduates especially from the countries like China, it is well worth making the history of geographic thought become a necessary and interesting class.

Key words: history of geographic thought, teaching methods, text teaching, group learning, China