ERIC Number: ED232898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-25
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of the Status of Perception and Behavior in Geography.
Good, James K.
The degree to which perception and behavior are incorporated in geography instruction and the attitudes of geographers towards perception and behavior in contemporary research are examined. In 1981, a survey was mailed to 332 undergraduate and graduate departments of geography in the United States. The 174 respondents provided data as follows, listing: (1) the frequencies at which teachers of various topics implement perception and behavior in their teaching; (2) the course and departments placing the most emphasis on perception and behavior; (3) the perceptual and behavior topics taught; (4) an evaluation response to questions to determine the status of perceptual and behavioral utilization in current geographical literature and instruction; (5) specific strengths and weaknesses considered inherent to perceptual and behavioral research; and (6) responses to semantic differential items on perception and behavior as a check against the write-in responses. Foremost among findings concerning courses best suited as vehicles for instruction using perception-behavior were human, urban, cultural, and economic geography; natural hazards was the most common topic taught, followed by economic decision making, resource conservation and management, and cognitive maps. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Denver, CO, April 25, 1983).