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Joseph Stoltman

Joseph Stoltman
Professor, Department of Geography and Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Ph.D. dissertation advisor, earth science education

Office: (269) 387-3429

3525 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424

Mailing address
Department of Geography
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA

Ph.D. University of Georgia

Research Interests

At WMU since 1971, Joseph Stoltman is currently editor of Research in Geographic Education, published in the United States, and co-editor of International Research in Geography and Environmental Education, published in the United Kingdom. He was a member of the design and development team and evaluator for Activities and Readings in the Geography of the United States and the recently published Activities and Resources for the Geography of the World, both NSF-supported projects of the Association of American Geographers.

Current research includes the analysis and mapping of the impact of content standards and statewide assessment on geography inclusion and student geography achievement in Michigan. Beginning in 1997, baseline data were collected by survey from Michigan school districts regarding their instructional programs in geography. The State content standards were introduced in 1998 and the initial statewide testing of students in geography at the 4th, 8th and 11th grades began in February 1999.

Along with Lisa DeChano-Cook, a project to design a Michigan Land Use Module for elementary social and science instruction was funded in 2003 by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, he has been a development team member for Global Voyager, an eleven program video series on world geography produced by the Agency for Instructional Technology, Bloomington, IN. He directs the Master of Arts in Teaching Geography program.

The Association of American Geographers, East Lakes AAG, International Geographic Union and the National Council for Geographic Education have awarded honors to him for his scholarly and professional work in geographic education. He is a Fellow of the Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education.