ERIC Number: ED201588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Planning Education in College Geography Programs: The Problem of Development.
Weaver, David C.
Guidelines are presented for developing and implementing planning-oriented geography curriculum and/or programs on the college level. The guidelines are based on three types of evidence: (1) published sources regarding the relationship between geography as an academic discipline and planning as a professional practice; (2) perceptions of professional planners as to the utility of geographic training in planning practice; and (3) recent developments in curriculum and staffing of geography departments throughout the United States regarding orientation toward planning education. Guidelines are presented in six categories. Category one suggests that a geography/planning curriculum should stress mapmaking, air-photo interpretation, land use analysis, quantitative techniques in spatial analysis, and environmental assessment. Category two explains how professional handling of administration and interdisciplinary relationships can enhance a program's chances for success. Category three suggests that faculty and staff should have a balanced background of academic work and professional planning experience. Category four stresses the need to involve professional planners in teaching, research projects, advising, and curriculum development. Category five emphasizes that the placement of graduates should be of primary importance to educators. Ways in which faculty can aid students include advising students regarding courses appropriate to planning and exposing students to planning employers through internships or research projects. The final category discusses the need to publicize a geography/planning program for the benefit of potential students and potential employers. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, CA, April 19-22, 1981).