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ERIC Number: ED241384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Resource Conservation: A Static or Dynamic Concept?
Hunker, Henry L.
The educational history of resource conservation as an academic discipline is discussed. Also examined is whether conservation should be taught as a static or dynamic concept. The first conservation text was written in 1910. Since then, geographers have stressed several approaches to resource conservation including the inventory and analysis of the nation's resource stock, conservation methodologies, the study of the interrelationships between resource complexes, regional resource development, and resource management. Specialization in resource conservation remains an important part of U.S. geography curriculum today. However, it is not clear how resource conservation is defined, nor is it clear from textbooks what the subject area comprises. When asked to define resource conservation, many students define the concept in the context of limitations. If geographers are locked in to such a conceptual framework, their view of present and future society must be constrained. What must be taught is a dynamic concept of resource conservation which recognizes that resources are functional--that they are defined in terms of use, whether the uses are consumptive or non-consumptive. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council for Geographic Education Conference (Ocho Rios, Jamaica, October 23-28, 1983).