S-Space College of Education (사범대학) Center for Educational Research (교육종합연구원) SNU Journal of Education Research SNU Journal of Education Research vol.01 (1991)
Geographic Education in the United States: Past, Present and Future
- Lanegran, David A.
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- 서울대학교 교육종합연구원
- SNU Journal of Education Research, Vol.1, pp. 43-58
- The history of geographic education in the United States is a story of missed opportunities. Once taught in nearly every
school and considered to be essential information, geography was replaced in the curriculum by Social Studies. Unfortunately
a communications gap developed between the teachers of geography, most of whom taught several additional subjects, and the specialized, professional geographers teaching in post secondary institutions. This gap manifested itself in the lack of
a concise definition of geography and a rationale for its inclusion in the school curriculum. This gap has been reduced somewhat in the past five years as a result of new cooperative efforts among the major organizations of geographers in the
United States. Although this cooperative effort has not reached all of our goals there are obvious signs of progress. There has been a concerted effort on the part of the National Geographic Society to heighten the general public's awareness of the need
for improved geographic education. The NGS has commissioned surveys that measured the levels of geographic literacy in the
United State and other countries. This research showed that the young people in the United States knew much less about the
world than did their peers in other countries.