Features and Benefits

Keep your course current with timely topics and themes

Updated - Debate It presents two sides of a complex topic  to engage students in active debate around the most critical topics of human geography today. The features now conclude with new Questions for Research & Analysis. New Debate It topics cover the latest nuanced debates in society right now, including building a border wall with Mexico, Universal Health Care in the U.S., the right to privacy, and more. Debate It can be used for homework, group work, and discussion sections.

Updated - The latest science, statistics, and associated imagery throughout reflect the latest data and applied examples of human geography. Examples include recent US elections, gerrymandering decisions pending in the US Supreme Court, the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, and more.

Updated - Sustainability & Our Environment relates the principal topics of human geography to overarching issues of economic, social, and environmental sustainability of our planet.

GeoVideo activities integrate BBC videos at the end of chapters, encouraging students to log into Mastering® Geography to view the videos and answer questions; these videos can be used for self study and can also be assigned for credit with associated assessment.

New - Geospatial Data Analysis activities leverage GIS-inspired MapMaster 2.0 in Mastering Geography, allowing students to create maps and analyze spatial patterns and data at regional and global scales. 

Provide a structured learning path that supports students

Updated - Structured learning path is enhanced to better guides students through visually engaging content:

  • Chapter Openers use graphics and text to give a succinct preview of the entire chapter, including Word Clouds that preview key topics and a spatial overview of places explored in the chapter.
  • Four Key issues provide the structure for each chapter.
  • Pause and Reflect questions are mapped to Learning Outcomes and allow students to check their understanding as they read each section.
  • New Summary & Review end of chapter sections summarize the key points of the Key Issues sections.
  • End-of-Chapter material includes reviews of Key Issues and Learning Outcomes, visual Thinking Geographically review questions, new GeoVideo activities, Explore activities using Google Earth, new Writing Geographically questions, new Geospatial Data Analysis activities, and Key Term definitions.

New - Data Visualization powered by Social Explorer appears for every key issue and enable students to connect to concepts by engaging with various story maps, predictive graphs, interactive charts, and other interactive media.  These will be accessible via Mastering Geography and the Pearson eText.

Updated - Cartography provides thoroughly updated maps, optimized for maximum accuracy and clear presentation of current data. New projections are used with fewer distortions. New cartograms and other graphic devices have also been added.

New - Writing Geographically feature is a multi-part essay question based on chapter material, that includes reference to maps or other illustrations. 

Reach every student with Mastering

Teach your course your way: Your course is unique. So whether you’d like to build your own auto-graded assignments, foster student engagement during class, or give students anytime, anywhere access, Mastering gives you the flexibility to easily create your course to fit your needs.

Learn more about Mastering Geography with Pearson eText here