ERIC Number: ED109008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Geographic Manpower: A Report on Manpower in American Geography, Publication No. 3.
Hart, John Fraser
A shortage of qualified personnel in the field of geography in 1966 led to this national survey which assessed the current number of geographers in American colleges and universities. The principle source of information came from a set of questionnaires sent to the chairmen of 267 geography departments across the country. The results indicated abundant new opportunities for geographers in college teaching, curriculum reform, secondary education, and environmental research. Although production of doctoral, master's, and baccalaureate degrees in geography would double between 1963 and 1975, the number of people who would receive doctoral degrees between 1963 and 1972 would fail to satisfy the estimated demand. Four university departments granted nearly one-third of all doctorates earned in geography between 1960 and 1965, and more than two-thirds were granted by the 12 largest departments. Economic geography was the most popular professional specialty indicated by resident graduate students. Finances and family obligations were the principle factors which induced students to leave graduate school before completing their dissertations. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC. Commission on College Geography.