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Diversity Amid Globalization: World Religions, Environment, Development, Global Edition

Diversity Amid Globalization: World Religions, Environment, Development, Global Edition

6th Edition

Lester Rowntree, Martin Lewis, Marie Price, William Wyckoff

May 2015, Paperback, 752 pages
ISBN13: 9781292058924
ISBN10: 1292058927
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For Introductory World Regional Geography/Regional Geography Courses.

Students learn to think outside of the map

Diversity Amid Globalization takes students on a journey into the connections and diversity between people and places–the contrasting regions of the world–within thematically organized regional chapters. With an arresting visual layout and new and updated content and maps throughout, the text maintains and strengthens its hallmark thematic organization and focus on globalization, while encouraging students to participate in the material using a number of stimulating, interactive learning tools.

Available with optional MasteringGeography, the most effective and widely used online tutorial, homework, and assessment system for the sciences, Diversity Amid Globalization, Sixth edition offers the most complete and integrated world regional program available today.

This program presents a better teaching and learning experience for you and your students by providing

  • Students learn how to think outside the map: MasteringGeography and textbook-integrated technology take students outside of the pages of the book, and into the world of distant places and people.
  • An amplified global perspective through NEW and updated content: This new Sixth edition maintains, refines, and strengthens the text’s hallmark thematic organization and focus on globalization in a number of ways.
  • New Everday Globalization features:
    • In Population and Settlement sections, there is anew discussion of “Demographic Transition” that includes adding a fifth stage to traditional model.
    • In Cultural Coherence and Diversity sections, there are two new sections: “Gender and Globalization”, and “Sports and Globalization."
    • In Geopolitical Framework sections, there are two new sections “World Political Systems”, and “Decentralization and Devolution”
  • A consistent thematic chapter organization encourages students to compare regions and discourages memorization of facts and places.
  • An active learning approach encourages student participation with the material and ensures effective reinforcement of the concepts through the text’s pedagogy, fundamentals, and tone.

1. Diversity Amid Globalization

2. The Changing Global Environment

3. North America

4. Latin America

5. The Caribbean

6. Sub-Saharan Africa

7. Southwest Asia and North Africa

8. Europe

9. The Russian Domain

10. Central Asia

11. East Asia

12. South Asia

13. Southeast Asia

14. Australia and Oceania



Students learn how to think outside the map

  • MasteringGeography: This online homework, tutorial, and assessment product is designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature immediate wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience to help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts. You are purchasing a standalone product; MasteringGeography does not come automatically packaged with this content. MasteringGeography is not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor.
  • NEW! Updated MapMaster allow students to layer and customize various thematic maps to analyze spatial patterns and data at regional and global scales, similar to a static GIS. These activities include multiple-choice and short-answer questions organized by region and theme.
    • Dozens of activities now include hints and wrong-answer feedback
    • 90 new map layers
    • Zoom and annotation functionalities
    • Current data from the 2010 U.S. Census, United Nations, and Population (Reference Bureau
  • NEW! Geography Videos: Video media from such sources as the BBC are now included in addition to the videos from Television for the Environment’s Life and Earth Report in MasteringGeography.
  • Updated Encounter World Regional Geography: Google Earth activities, organized by region, theme, and question type, include updated data and media.
  • NEW! Map Projections Media: New geography interactive tutorial media helps reinforce and remediate students on the basic yet challenging Chapter 1 map projection concepts.
  • NEW! Geoscience Animations: These animations help students visualize important physical processes.
  • NEW! GeoTutors. These highly visual coaching items with hints and specific wrong answer feedback help students master the toughest topics in geography.
  • NEW! Learning Catalytics™ is a "bring your own device" student engagement, assessment, and classroom intelligence system.
With Learning Catalytics you can:
  • Assess students in real time, using open-ended tasks to probe student understanding.
  • Understand immediately where students are and adjust your lecture accordingly.
  • Improve your students’ critical-thinking skills.
  • Access rich analytics to understand student performance.
  • Add your own questions to make Learning Catalytics fit your course exactly.

Manage student interactions with intelligent grouping and timing.

  • NEW! Google Earth Video Virtual Tours: A few QR codes per chapter allow students to use their mobile devices to link from the print book to online Google Earth video virtual tours, providing just-in-time visualization of places and regions. Also available in the MasteringGeography Study Area and Item Library with assessments.
  • NEW! Author Blogs. Students scan QR codes in the books to access the two author blogs for just-in-time updates on places and regions and additional data and extension material. This feature helps keep the book dynamically updated. Also available in the Study Area of MasteringGeography.
  • Updated Cityscapes: These features now include Quick Response (QR) codes that link to Google Earth video virtual tours of these cities, which students can access with their mobile devices.
  • NEW! End-of-Chapter Visual Analysis Activities: New, higher-level Bloom’s visual analysis questions associated with each theme/section help students apply and synthesize their understanding–and provide opportunities for collaborative/group activities.

An amplified global perspective through NEW and updated content

  • NEW! Working Towards Sustainability: Students see just how sustainability initiatives apply to people, groups, and settlements across world regions. These new chapter features show the diverse applications of this increasingly important interdisciplinary concept, and highlight positive environmental and social initiatives and outcomes.
  • NEW! Everyday Globalization: explore the global connections and impacts of globalization on the products and commodities that students use in everyday life.
  • UPDATED! Exploring Global Connections case studies: All new topics with a focus on recent events, and additional coverage of cultural and environmental topics.
  • NEW! Chapter “In Review”: The highly visual In Review two-page sections at the end of each chapter present a stronger focus on regional issues and globalization impacts. Organized around learning outcomes and incorporating visuals like maps, photos, and GIS and satellite images, and active learning questions for each theme, the new features synthesis of the core issues from the thematic sections, emphasize the impacts of globalization on the region, and show multiple different spatial scales. The result is a highly visual summary of the defining issues of the region.
  • Expanded Coverage of Gender Issues, Food, Art, Music, Film, and Sports: These interesting and popular topics are more visible in the regional chapters.
  • NEW and Updated Cartography: New data, cartography best practices, and most recent geopolitical events are included.
  • Current Data: The latest science and statistics and associated imagery are incorporated, including data from the 2010 Census and the 2013 PRB Population Data.

A consistent thematic chapter organization

  • 5 themes organize each regional chapter: Environmental Geography, Population and Settlement, cultural Coherence and Diversity Geopolitical Framework, and Economic and Social Development
  • Consistent thematic maps in each regional chapter aid students’ understanding and ability to make comparisons between regions. Most regions include maps on Physical Geography and Place Names, Climate, Environmental Issues, Population Density, Language Geography, Religion, Geopolitical Issues, and Development Issues

An active learning approach

  • NEW! Region-Specific Learning Outcomes at the beginning of each chapter connect to Review Questions, end-of-chapter material, and MasteringGeography.
  • NEW! Review Questions integrate lower level Blooms review questions at the end of each thematic section, to help students check their comprehension as they read.
  • NEW! Questions in select sidebars provide students with active learning opportunities as they read through these thematic case studies.
  • NEW! Focus on Fundamentals: More discrete basic geography information is integrated into Chapter 1, particularly concerning map interpretation, projections, and modern geospatial tools.
  • Tone, Consistency, Continuity, and Connections: This edition features accessible language, a positive tone, and contemporary applications that will appeal to and engage today’s students.
  • Pedagogical aids that bolster learning and reinforcement:
    • Exploring Global Connections sidebars
    • People on the Move sidebars
    • Geographic Tools sidebars offering explicit linkage to jobs in geography
    • Side by side population pyramids in each regional chapter
    • Development Issues maps in the Economic and Social Development sections of each regional chapter
    • Global warming/climate change coverage drawing on content from the international meetings held in Copenhagen in December 2009
    • Key Terms and Glossary