ERIC Number: ED099250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Geography and Environmental Education -- Why Aren't We Involved?
Towler, John O.; Brenchley, David L.
Little if any attempt has been made to speak to the issue of how geographic education and environmental education can be combined within the framework of geography. One of the major problems has been that people fail to see the relevance of abstract environmental concepts to their own lives and life styles. Studies reflect both a serious lack of knowledge and a failure to associate what one knows about the environment with behaviors appropriate with this knowledge. The two elements of the problem, the amount of knowledge and its relevance, can be met by designing programs which get people out into their environment, doing some sort of investigative activity to help them understand both the environmental principles involved, the quality of their own local environment, and their interaction with it. Support for this approach comes from geographers' traditional approach to their subject, as well as from recent developments in educational psychology. One instance of how geography and environmental education have been blended together is a new environmental studies project for the Canadian YMCA. The wide selection of activities offered serves as an example of how field experiences meaningfully blend geographic and environmental concepts for a variety of age and interest levels. The experience of this project indicates that geographers are in danger of passing up an opportunity to capitalize on the widespread interest and concern about the environment. (Author/KSM)
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