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ERIC Number: ED221455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
The Geographic Pyramid: The Importance of Teaching in Undergraduate Geography Programs.
Fairweather, Malcolm
An emphasis on improving the teaching of geography at the undergraduate level can result in an increase in geography majors at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Therefore, the discipline must develop and disseminate new approaches to teaching geography and must supply current information to faculty. Since the first contact many students have with geography is at the introductory level, these courses should be staffed with the most effective teachers, who should emphasize the nature and scope of geography. Departmental awards should include those for teaching as well as for research and departments should develop more precise mechanisms for measuring the caliber of instruction. Further, geography departments must be open to helping students and be active in campus affairs. Geographers who are aware of the needs of students, the job market, and the changing orientation of the discipline should look forward to retraining themselves to keep abreast of the times. Thus, with a renewed emphasis on teaching, geographers can impart the skills and knowledge needed to expand the discipline. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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