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national geographic roper 2002 global geographic literacy survey

National Geographic - Roper 2002 Global Geographic Literacy Survey

Conducted by RoperASW for the National Geographic Education Foundation

methodology
Methodology
  • Survey of 18- to 24-year-olds in nine countries: Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the U.S.
  • 3,000 in-person, in-home interviews with a representative sample in each country
  • Additional sample of 25- to 34-year-olds in the U.S.
overall results
Overall Results

Average # of correct answers out of a possible 56 correct

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

world hotspots
World Hotspots

Percentage of young adults naming Afghanistan as the base of the Taliban/al Qaeda

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

world hotspots5
World Hotspots

Percentage of young U.S. adults correctly identifying Afghanistan on a world map

Sample: U.S. 18- to 24-year-olds

pop culture
Pop Culture

Percentage of young U.S. adults correctly identifying Afghanistan on a world map vs. knowing that last season’s “Survivor” island was in the South Pacific

Sample: U.S. 18- to 24-year-olds

world hotspots7
World Hotspots

Percentage of young adults correctly identifying ___ on a map of Asia/Middle East

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

importance of geography skills
Importance of Geography Skills

Percentage of young Americans saying the skill is “not too important” in today’s world

Sample: U.S. 18- to 24-year-olds

country location skills
Country Location Skills
  • Still, over 80% of young adults worldwide say it is “absolutely necessary” or “important” to:
    • Be able to read maps
    • Know where countries in the news are located

…but performance on these skills is poor.

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

country location skills10
Country Location Skills
  • Average # of countries correctly identified on maps of:
  • The world (out of 16 countries)
  • Europe (out of 12 countries)
  • Middle East/Asia (out of 11 countries)

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

country location skills11
Country Location Skills

Percentage of young adults correctly identifying ___ on a world map

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

country location skills12
Country Location Skills

Percentage of young Americans who simply said

“I don’t know,”

when asked to find ___ on a world map

Sample: U.S. 18- to 24-year-olds

state location skills
State Location Skills

Percentage of young Americans correctly identifying ___ on a map of the United States

Sample: U.S. 18- to 24-year-olds

nuclear weapons
Nuclear Weapons

Percentage of young adults correctly identifying four countries acknowledging have nuclear weapons

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

u s population
U.S. Population

Percentage of young adults correctly identifying...

Sample: 18- to 24-year-olds

u s population16
U.S. Population

Percentage of young Americans believing the U.S. population falls within the following ranges

Nearly one-third of U.S. young adults think the U.S. population is between 1billion and 2 billion, or nearly one-third of the total world population!

Sample: U.S. respondents

life affecting issues
Life-Affecting Issues
  • Young adults tend to perform better on questions that directly affect their lives.

U.S. young adults score well on:

-Oil supply

-AIDS

-El Niño

geography education
Geography Education
  • Young U.S. adults who reported taking a geography course in school performed better on the quiz.
  • 55% report having taken geography courses (up from 30% in 1988).
factors influencing performance
Factors Influencing Performance

Factors that seem to influence performance:

  • Level of education
  • International travel and language skills
  • Internet usage
  • Media usage