ERIC Number: ED211437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of Supranational Concepts in Geography.
Coleman, John M.
A primary goal of a teacher of regional geography should be to present the course as a study of the changing functions of world regions because the events of each day cause regions, whether political, economic, cultural, or physical, to be in constant flux. The nation-state has become in many ways out-moded as a source of analyzing the events of today and organizations such as the European Common Market function as new regional blocs taking over some functions of individual countries. The deep involvement of the United States with multinational corporations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as an examination of the historical roots of the current imbalance of the trade dilemma now faced by the United States, shows that these new regional bloc forces affect the United States as well as European countries. Moreover, as the nation-state's ability for unilateral action wanes, loyalties of such organizations as oil companies focus on larger supranational organizations. Geography needs to be recognized as an analytical, problem-solving discipline that has much to offer even in the formulation of foreign and domestic governmental policy. To teach these concepts, a geography teacher must develop skills in the cognition of events which leads to changing structure and functions of world regions and must have textbooks based on these realities. (NE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1981).