Features and Benefits

Connect global concepts to local geographies using geospatial technology tools

  • Place-based Learning empowers students to explore the real world with links to online Google Maps™ that connect students to dynamic web maps supported by community-contributed photos and introduce them to Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI).

  • Updated - GIS and spatial analysis examples, interwoven throughout the text, spotlight the currency and professional relevance of geographic applications.

  • Doing Geography and the accompanying What’s Your Geography features discuss geographic tools, techniques, and skills used to address real-world problems, and then ask students to put themselves in the role of geographers by applying these skills and techniques to their real-world experiences and environments, thereby connecting the global to the local, and helping students connect the relevance of human geography to their everyday lives. 

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 throughoutreflect 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 betterguides 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.


Also available as a Pearson eText or packaged with Mastering Geography

Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, personalized reading experience that can be adopted on its own as the main course material. It lets students highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place, even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it. Educators can easily share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their eText and what they learn in class – motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning.

Mastering™ is the teaching and learning platform that empowers you to reach every student. By combining trusted author content with digital tools developed to engage students and emulate the office-hour experience, Mastering personalizes learning and improves results for each student. Built for, and directly tied to the text, Mastering Geography enables students to get hands on with geospatial tools and activities to practice, learn, and apply geography outside of the classroom. Learn more about Mastering Geography. 

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.

  • Learning Catalytics helps you generate class discussion, customize your lecture, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. As a student response tool, Learning Catalytics uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.
    • New - Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions
    • New - Team names are no longer case sensitive
    • Help your students develop critical thinking skills
    • Monitor responses to find out where your students are struggling
    • Rely on real-time data to adjust your teaching strategy
    • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning
    • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
  • Updated - Pre-Lecture Reading Quizzes ensure that students complete the assigned reading before class and stay on track with reading assignments. Reading Quizzes are 100% mobile ready and can be completed by students on mobile devices.
  • Updated - Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively on their own by continuously assessing their activity and performance in real time. Here's how it works: students complete a set of questions with a unique answer format that also asks them to indicate their confidence level. Questions repeat until the student can answer them all correctly and confidently. Once completed, Dynamic Study Modules explain the concept using materials from the text. These are available as graded assignments prior to class, and accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers. NEW! Instructors can now remove questions from Dynamic Study Modules to better fit their course.

Empower each learner: Each student learns at a different pace. Personalized learning, including adaptive tools and wrong-answer feedback, pinpoints the precise areas where each student needs practice and gives all students the support they need – when and where they need it – to be successful.

  • New - Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, mobile-optimized, personalized reading experience available within Mastering. It allows students to easily highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place–even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it.
  • New - MapMaster 2.0 Interactive Map Activities. Inspired by GIS, these activities allow students to layer various thematic maps to analyze spatial patterns and data at regional and global scales. Now fully mobile, with enhanced analysis tools, the ability for students to geolocate themselves in the data, and the ability for students to upload their own data for advanced map making, this tool includes zoom and annotation functionality, with hundreds of map layers leveraging recent data from sources such as the PRB, the World Bank, NOAA, NASA, USGS, United Nations, the CIA, and more.
    • New - Assessment is now built around MapMaster 2.0 in Mastering and available to assign.

Deliver trusted content: We partner with highly respected authors to develop interactive content and course-specific resources that keep students on track and engaged.

  • Updated - Video Activities from sources such as the BBC, Financial Times, and Television for the Environment’s Life and Earth Report series, provide students with applied real-world examples of human geography in action, a sense of place, and allow students to explore a range of locations and topics.
    • New - Mobile Field Trip videos for geography from Michael Collier give students another avenue for exploring US landscapes and the major themes of physical geoscience concepts.
    • New - Google Earth™ Virtual Tour videos give students brief narrated spatial explorations of places and people around the world, covering critical themes such as globalization and sustainability.
  • Updated - GeoTutor Activities help students master the most challenging geography concepts with highly visual, kinesthetic activities focused on critical thinking, data analysis, and the application of concepts.
  • Encounter Human Geography Google Earth Activities provide rich, interactive Google Earth explorations of human geography concepts, helping students visualize and explore human landscapes around the world. All Explorations include corresponding Google Earth KMZ media files.

Improve student results: When you teach with Mastering, student performance often improves. That’s why instructors have chosen Mastering for over 15 years, touching the lives of over 20 million students. Read this white paper to learn more.