ERIC Number: ED202771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Can/Will Geography Departments Survive the Next Decade.
Declining enrollments in college-level geography courses have caused educators to assess current curriculum and research emphases within geography departments and to appraise those courses of action they might take to enhance geography's attractiveness to students. Current problems affecting geography can be placed in two categories--(1) general environmental problems affecting colleges and universities, including decreased funding, decline in the total number of students enrolled and/or seeking enrollment, and rising institutional costs, and (2) problems peculiar to the discipline of geography, including changes in student preferences toward career-oriented curriculum, emphasis in many courses and departments on esoteric rather than practical geographic information, and failure to develop useful professional skills. Based on a review of these problems, it is suggested that although geography departments can do very little to solve the general problems in the first category, they can respond to problems in the second category. For example, departments can develop programs and courses which respond to student needs, can increase cooperation with other academic departments and with the business world, can increase efforts to help students find geography-related employment upon graduation, and can help students develop professional geography skills which might make them more employable. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; 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).