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ERIC Number: ED208929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Geography in the Community College Curriculum: The Case of New York State.
Fairweather, Malcolm
In 1976 and 1981, surveys were conducted to determine the curricular role of geography in the New York State Community College System. The questionnaire solicited information on the geography courses offered; frequency with which they were offered; new courses planned; faculty degrees; responsiveness of geographical associations and community college organizations to professional needs; possibility and desirability of expanding the geography curriculum; need for faculty support from geography organizations; interaction with four-year college geography faculty; and interest in a New York State geography society. Study findings, based on a 100% response rate from the 38 community colleges in New York, include the following: (1) the most commonly offered geography course was Introduction to Cultural Geography, offered by eight colleges; (2) the total number of geography courses taught increased from 49 in 1976 to 62 in 1981; (3) among the 27 faculty members teaching geography in 1981, only 16 held degrees in geography; (4) 22 of these instructors were employed full-time, and five were employed part-time; (5) 72% of the responding colleges felt that more geography courses could be taught, 66% felt more should be taught; and (6) the needs of faculty were not felt to be met by four-year college departments, professional associations, or community college groups. The study report details findings and compares 1976 and 1981 results. The questionnaire is appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Pittsburgh, PA, October 28-31, 1981).