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Geography Skills for NCEA Level 2 Second Edition

By | Copyright Year:2017 | ISBN-13: 9780170389341

Suitable For: New Zealand
Geography Skills for NCEA Level Two has been revised specifically for the 2015 revision of the NCEA Level 2 external standard: Geography 2.4 (AS91243, Version 2) - Apply geography concepts and skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment.

New to this revised edition:
• An overview of the aspects of the standard.
• Guidance on the application of basic geography skills and conventions.
• Assistance in understanding the prescribed concepts or “big ideas” of Geography that underpin the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret information about the world.
• An explanation of command terms used in Level 2 Geography examinations.
• Advice on how to be “examination ready”.
• Updated figures and resource material.
• New Case Study.

Geography Skills for NCEA Level Two is a New Zealand write-on textbook for students engaged in programmes of learning that develop geographic skills. For students preparing for NCEA Level Two Geography, the text provides a concise but authoritative development of the basic concepts and the more complex geographical skills required for success in the skills-based external standard and research internal standard.

Geography Skills for NCEA Level Two builds upon the basic geographical skills introduced in the previously published Geography Skills for NCEA Level One.


Geographic concepts and skills

Thematic mapping techniques
1. Dot maps
2. Choropleth maps
3. Flow-line maps
4. Proportional symbol maps
5. Isoline maps

Working with topographic maps
6. Direction and bearing
7. Six-figure grid references
8. Fourteen-figure grid references
9. Latitude and Longitude
10. Using scale: calculating distance
11. Using scale: estimating area
12. Interpreting relief
13. Precis maps

Graph interpretation and construction
14. Bar graphs (single and multiple)
15. Line graphs (single and multiple)
16. Pie graphs and percentage bar graphs
17. Scatter graphs
18. Triangular graphs
19. Pictographs
20. Climate graphs
21. Population pyramids

Visual image interpretation
22. Photograph interpretation
23. Precis sketches
24. Cartoon interpretation

Geographic models
25. Models of urban structure
26. Core-frame model
27. The Rostow model
28. Core-periphery model

Numeracy in geography
29. Working with numbers: calculating mean, mode and range
30. Working with numbers: calculating percentage change

Putting it all together
Answers to selected activities


A comprehensive skills bank that provides students with clear and concise explanations of the key geographical skills and concepts prescribed in the teaching and learning guide for NCEA Geography

Guidance on the interpretation of geographical resources including: maps, photographs, diagrams, cartoons, images, statistics, keys, graphs, models and surveys

Contemporary learning activities to reinforce key concepts and skills

Step-by-step instructions on the construction of geographic resources including : sketch and précis maps, diagrams, models, field sketches, graphs and tables

Numerous large and up-to-date topographical maps, satellite images and photographs

Selected answers at the back of the book