ERIC Number: ED243734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
About the Identity of Informational Geography for Formal, Non-Formal, and Informal Educational Purposes.
In a shrinking world where there is limited space, materials, and capital for men's basic needs, it is important to make well considered use of the physical and human geographical setting. To obtain from the geographical setting the information needed to attain adequate decision making, empirical research is needed, and through formal, non-formal, and informal education, people need to be informed about the research output. In supplying the information, geographers must distinguish between two types of informational geography: the scientific orientation--geographical research is published for its own sake; and the man/society orientation--research output is used as a source of information for problem solving. The responsibility for geographical informing must be that of educated academic geographers, who must prepare themselves by taking courses in the communication sciences and developing a theory and a method to design geographical information. At the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) such a program is underway. Geography students there have developed a model for planning and designing information for man/society oriented geography. The model is presented. (RM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communication Skills, Comparative Education, Continuing Education, Decision Making, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, Geography Instruction, Higher Education, Human Geography, Information Dissemination, Land Use, Models, Nonformal Education, Physical Geography, Problem Solving, Program Development, Relevance (Education), Research Needs, Research Utilization
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Council for Geographic Education Conference (78th, October 23-28, 1983, Ocho Rios, Jamaica).