ERIC Number: ED205462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-21
The Pedagogical Implications of a Futures Program in Geography.
The intent of this paper is to provide geography educators and researchers with insights into creating a "geography of the future." Among the insights of major interest to geographers (including students, teachers, researchers, and other professional geographers) are that altered states of consciousness (such as often brought on by hallucinogens) can help one experience alternative realities; computer-based statistical/mathematical techniques can be helpful but should not be unthinkingly used to define or elucidate geographic concepts; geographers should concentrate on developing their senses and sensibilities rather than directing their out-of-class energies entirely to geography field trips; geographers should adopt research modes characteristic of futuristic research--i.e. synthesis rather than analysis and intuitive insight rather than deductive logic; and, finally, the discipline of geography in the future might avail itself of the image-generating capacity of the rapidly evolving electronic environment, including, for example, holographic images, and the biofeedback of brain waves in the form of visual and auditory imagery. The conclusion is, that to make the fullest possible use of these insights when thinking about the future of their discipline, geographers should concentrate on the need to change perspective completely and to try and create the type of future they desire. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 1981).