ERIC Number: ED191758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Past Thirty Years of American Geography As Shown in the Directory of College Geography.
Adams, William G.; Schwendeman, Joseph R., Jr.
The paper presents an overview of enrollment in college-level geography courses from 1949 to 1978 and predicts enrollment trends for the near future. All data are based on the Directory of College Geography of the United States. First published in 1949, the directory lists all college and university departments offering geography, the size and status of the department, faculty professional activities, major student activity, and total number of students enrolled in geography courses. This paper focuses on specific information in the following areas: comparative data on higher education and geography enrollment from 1949-1978, introductory course enrollment, regional course enrollment, status of enrollment in quantitative courses, and acceptance of recent curricular developments such as planning courses. For each topic, information is presented on a national and a regional basis. Findings indicated that 1) geography enrollments have grown tremendously since 1949, with the greatest increase occuring from 1953 to 1963; 2) increases in geography enrollments did generally not equal the increase in university enrollments; 3) world regional geography accounts for approximately 80% of total regional course enrollments; and, 4) courses based on planning and quantification techniques are firmly entrenched within the discipline. Regarding future trends, the paper suggests that overall geography enrollments should hold their own and, possibly, increase; enrollments in regional courses are unlikely to improve much; the saturation point in quantitative enrollments is probably near; and, planning course enrollment is likely to stabilize and may decrease. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Louisville, KY, April 13-16, 1980).