ERIC Number: ED221434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Geography's Relationships with the Community and Region.
Borchert, John R.
Geographers can extend beyond their discipline into a wider community by offering answers to questions posed by the public and by communicating the knowledge geography offers. Public questions with which geographers can be most helpful are those that seek to determine flows of the settlement system and geographic processes that alter the system: where to build, preserve, sell, abandon, buy, and plant; which places to connect; and how to connect them. Further, geographers must be able to communicate and teach the concepts within which they operate: map verbalization and map quantification. Geographers need an organizational base to pursue their dialogue with a wider community; it may be an academic department of a university, a corporate location analysis department, or an office of planning and research for a state's natural resources management. Thus, when geography communicates with the wider community, it creates a constituency and, appropriately, job opportunities. The more directly geography is related to the community, the more likely its substance, coherence, purpose, and priorities will be enhanced. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (San Antonio, TX, April 25-28, 1982).