ERIC Number: ED221423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Nature, Unity and Value of Geography.
Morrill, Richard L.
Why geography is essential and central to the mission of education at all levels and why the profession or occupation of geographers should become increasingly recognized are discussed. Some common complaints lodged against geography and ways to deal with these complaints are first examined. For example, it is often said that geography has inadequate standards and quality, as revealed in its courses, its training of graduate students, its papers at annual meetings, and in its leading journals. To meet this complaint, more rigorous standards must be imposed and greater self-discipline on the part of geographers in meetings and journals must be exercised. The paper then goes on to discuss the nature of the discipline and what makes it special or unique. The justification for geography as a distinct discipline is made. First, modern geography is demonstrating that there are fundamental principles, and second, at a pedagogical level, geography can make a distinctive and essential contribution in its capacity to describe and analyze how diverse physical and human processes do interact to produce particular regional landscapes, cultures, and places. The two major roles of geography at all levels of education are then discussed: (1) to describe what and how much is where; and (2) to study how physical and human processes are conditioned by and in turn structure territory. The paper concludes with a discussion of the geographer in roles other than education. (RM)
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 (San Antonio, TX, April 25-28, 1982).