Importance of being an Geographically Informed person
by David Rubis
When I think of geography I tend to have the idea of looking at a map seeing where the places in the work that I would love to visit. Traveling back to Europe, or heading on a cross country trip to Arizona. That tends to be the first thing I think of when I see geography. As I have learn though it is a much larger study then just maps. It is the study of culture, population, climate, and according to our book it is “tool and techniques for us to think Geographically”.(S. Heffron & R. Downs (Eds.), 2012) Our world is getting smaller and we are becoming closer and closer. Technology linked people from all over the world. Using GIS (Geographic information system), such as satellites to look at images all from all over it has become a lot easier to see changes in the land. Just recently I use Google Earth and noticed that my home town who just recently put in a new football field. That new football field is already on Google Earth and you a can see the detail. So you see the growing need to understand geography is important. But what else do we need to learn to become more geographically aware.
According to (Balderston, D., & Lambert, D. (2000)), it is the responsibility of the Geography teacher to maintain the sustainability of the Geography class. That means we need to continually keep Geography relevant to the times. As the world continues to change teacher must be able to adapt and Identify the changes. The biggest change I feel is the increasing urbanization. More and more people are moving to the cities. It is geographies responsibility to study and inform the world of the changes and why those changes maybe happening. Understanding the need for a better system to train and guideline to Geography, in 1985 the Geographic National Implementation Project, was found by the Association of American Geographers, the National Geographic Society, and the American Geographic Society, implemented recommendations national guidelines (Clark, J., & Stoltman, J. (2000).) I see that as proof that becoming a Geographically informed person has been at the center of developing education. When you have so many people trying to develop a better way to teach Geography then that shows its importance.
Clark, J., & Stoltman, J. (2000). The renaissance of geography education in the USA. In A. Kent (Ed.),Reflective Practice in Geography Teaching (pp. 238-252). Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=_F9ghre0sggC&pg=PA244&lpg=PA244&dq=a geographically informed person&source=bl&ots=W4Y58g5YnV&sig=CRIHBAVrWt5lyS5u5OjYIrlU-ys&hl=en&sa=X&ei=hh7fUtLDF-6uyAGIgoGgCw&ved=0CCYQ6AEwADgK
Balderston, D., & Lambert, D. (2000). Learning to teach geography in the secondary school. New York City, New York, USA: RoutledgeFalmer. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=4Ye4FhtKVE0C&pg=PT276&dq=Why it is important to learn geography&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JyXfUsqwJefqyQGkoIHQBw&ved=0CDkQ6AEwAQ
(2012). S. Heffron & R. Downs (Eds.), Geography for life: National geography standards (2nd ed.). Washington D.C., United States: National Council for Geographic Education