THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING EQUIPMENT IN GEOGRAPHY CLASSROOMS
Keywords:geography, classroom, teaching, education, Serbia
The main aim of the research was to determine teachers’ opinion on the importance of teaching equipment in geography classroom. The research was conducted during the school year 2020/2021. A total of 134 geography teachers from different districts in Serbia took part in the survey. In general, 57.5% of the participants stated that their school buildings have a specialized and separate geography classroom, while in other schools a classroom is shared between related subjects. It is interesting that 84.3% of the participants stated that in their classrooms they have internet at their disposal. Further, it was concluded that there is no statistically significant correlation between the availability of internet connection and the location of school (rural and urban). On the other hand, one of the biggest problems that 38.8% of the participants highlighted is that maps, which are essential for geography teaching, are approximately 20 years old. On average, the best grade for equipment is awarded to schools in the City of Belgrade (3.47) while the lowest grade is awarded to geography classrooms in Kosovo and Metohija province (2.00). On average, participants graded that their classroom equipment is “good” (3.02) while the importance of classroom equipment was graded with “very good” (4.49).
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