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ERIC Number: ED137181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Geography Major Curriculum: A Behavioral Approach.
Monk, Janice
Components of national undergraduate geography major curricula are reviewed, followed by discussion of a behavioral approach to curriculum theory and a case study which incorporates behavioral objectives in curriculum development. Surveys in 1968 and 1974 revealed that most undergraduate major geography programs are loosely structured and contain typical courses in introductory physical geography, introductory human geography, a regional course, a techniques course, and a senior seminar. Arguments are presented for and against using specific behavioral objectives to develop student-oriented programs. Proponents argue that learning can be more effectively promoted and individualized if objectives are precisely stated. Critics worry that specification may lead to a focus on trivia and that affective aims are likely to be neglected. A four-stage developmental process is being implemented by the author at the University of Illinois. This involves identification of fundamental concepts and skills comprising the core curriculum, assessment of performance of geography majors in the fundamental areas, assessment of majors' perceptions of their abilities and desired levels of attainment, and development of an inventory of learning experiences provided in various courses. Two appendices list fundamental concepts and show how they are incorporated into specific courses. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (San Francisco, California, November 24-27, 1976) ; Best copy available