ERIC Number: ED064194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
The Interface as a Working Environment: A Purpose for Physical Geography. Geographic Technical Paper Series.
Carter, Douglas B.; And Others
This technical paper offers an alternative method to the traditional physical geography course which has as its primary objective the knowing of approved body of knowledge. The premise is that a discipline of physical geography does not now exist and that traditional physical geography consists of nearly independent topics treated without common process or methodology. The suggested alternative interface system, defined as the study of the workings of the environment at the interface at the bottom of the atmosphere, focuses on the role of location or "place" in the different work accomplishments of environment and upon work allocation and budgeting. The unifying focus of this alternative is the timing (and, eventually, the amounts) of these work accomplishments -- energy flows and conversions--by systems which share the energy and material endowments of the interface, where man's enterprises are found. Physical systems and society's dependence and effects on them are both included in the alternative. In conclusion, it is suggested that the proposed alternative to physical geography could provide the basis for a unifying discipline if a significant number of physical geographers report work accomplishments of environmental systems. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: Conceptual Schemes, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Objectives, Geographic Concepts, Geography, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Physical Geography, Teaching Methods
Commission on College Geography of the Association of American Geographers, Department of Geography, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85281 ($1.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.
Note: Commission on College Geography Technical Paper No. 7