ERIC Number: ED264164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Improvement in Geography Education. ERIC Digest No. 22.
Meredith, Sydney J.
This ERIC Digest explores the need for improvement in geography education in the United States, based on concern expressed by geography professors across the United States and findings from a number of recent state, national, and international polls and studies showing that many students leave high school illiterate in geography. A section synthesizing the findings of six recent studies characterizing elementary and secondary students as illiterate in geography is followed by an examination of possible reasons for the problem. Positive steps to improve geography education include the development of guidelines focusing on what should be taught in geography by the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers. Short- and long-term tasks to promote geography education include the development of grade-by-grade curriculum guidelines with activities; a network of people to serve as consultants in geography education; model workshops and materials for improving geography education; an information network in geography to share news about such things as new materials, notes on important reports, workshops, conferences, and professional training; the addition of a geographic component to admissions requirements at some colleges; and the addition of geography as a required course in the high school curriculum. A list of 12 related resources concludes the digest. (LH)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.