Motivated by a need to engage students in the critical evaluation of visual information, and by a desire to teach students how to use digital technologies as a way of exploring and expressing geographical constructs and processes, the geography departments at Arizona's three universities sought and received funding from the Arizona Board of Regents for learner-centered curricular development organized around the theme of "Mediated Geographies." In this paper, we explore how critical pedagogy and learner-centered education strategies were used to engage students in semester-long documentary and photo essay projects. Some of the student projects discussed in this essay are posted for viewing at the project Web site: http://geography.asu.edu/lukinbeal/mediated.html. This project was funded by the Arizona Board of Regents' (ABOR) Learner Centered Education Grant Program. For more information about ABOR's program, see http://www.abor.asu.edu/4_special_programs/lce/index_lce.html.


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