Comparison of Methods to Teach Magnetic Declination

Authors

  • Jackson D. Wilson San Francisco State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JOREL-2015-V7-I2-7010

Keywords:

navigation, teaching methods, outdoor recreation

Abstract

Compasses continue to be essential equipment for outdoor navigation; however, it is challenging for some students to learn how to use a map and compass effectively and efficiently. Perhaps one of the most challenging issues is understanding and applying magnetic declination. There are multiple methods of accounting for declination; however, most sources of printed instruction and likely many individuals stick to one method of working with declination. The purpose of this article was to present four methods of accounting for magnetic declination. The intention of systematically presenting these methods was to increase awareness, facilitate a comparison, and spur further investigation into the efficacy of the different methods.

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Published

2015-10-09

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Section

Essays, Practices and Commentaries