ERIC Number: ED111745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-26
Reference Count: 0
An Appalling Ignorance of the World: The Price of Affluence?
Wise, John H.
Today's students in the Western world show a widespread lack of basic world knowledge. Geography graduates in a Canadian and an Australian university were asked to locate 75 major cities in the world. The results indicated a wide knowledge of cities in the Western world but little knowledge of cities in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Only three out of 75 Canadian graduates could correctly locate the countries of Mali, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau. Eight suggestions to improve geography education call for increases in (1) selectivity of entrants into university programs, (2) numbers and variety of geography courses, (3) infusion of Third World examples into university geography courses, (4) exchange of geography scholars between the Third World and the Western countries, (5) qualified geography teachers to serve in preservice and inservice programs for teachers, (6) mandatory world geography courses at the university level, (7) emphasis in teaching map skills for all educational levels, and (8) recognition that elementary and secondary geography need not emulate university geography courses. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Institute of Australian Geographers (13th, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia, August 26, 1975)