This study examined the influence of gender and social relationships on the everyday geographic experiences of adolescents in Eugene, Oregon. Forty-six 13-year-old students kept detailed diaries of all their travels for a period of one week. Females traveled to a greater number of places, and in particular to commercial and residential locations. Male students traveled mainly to outdoor recreational sites and residential places. The results suggest that males and females encounter different types of informal learning opportunities through their daily environmental interactions, and these opportunities may be important to formal geography instruction.
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Title: The worlds of girls and boys: geographic experience and informal learning
Author(s): Pamela Wridt
Publication Date: 1999
Publisher: Journal of Geography