ERIC Number: ED199124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Study and Teaching of Geography.
Broek, Jan O. M.; And Others
The document discusses the discipline of geography in terms of its nature, development, research, and teaching methods. It is presented in six chapters. Chapter one briefly discusses the value of geography, its position among the sciences, and careers in geography. Chapter two traces the development of geographic thought from antiquity through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, to the beginnings of modern geography in the 18th century. The four traditions of geography which evolved in the 20th century are also discussed. These approaches are earth science, man-land, area or regional study, and spatial. Topics in chapter three include the place of geography in the humanities, the social cultural approach (human geography), the historical dimensions, and the former emphasis on location which has been replaced by the current emphasis on situation. Chapter four focuses on the methods of geography. It reviews the use made of maps in geographic research and teaching, discusses computer cartographics, and considers the impact of quantitative methods on the discipline of geography. Chapter five presents research themes in geography. Themes center on geographic aspects of population, urban geography, and economic development. The final chapter suggests teaching methods for three instructional frameworks: the nature of the environment, developed and developing nations as major human systems, and the future. The methods emphasize case studies and student research. (KC)
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Futures (of Society), Geography, Geography Instruction, Global Approach, Human Geography, Intellectual Disciplines, Physical Geography, Research Methodology, Teaching Methods
Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company, Bell & Howell Company, 1300 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, OH 43216 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Books
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