Why is Geography Important? It is an essential intellectual building block for understanding world affairs. Now more than ever, geographic literacy is necessary for us to understand global events. Geographic Illiteracy Most Americans could be considered geographically illiterate.
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Countries on quiz: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Rep., England, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, and Spain.
Countries on quiz: Afghanistan, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia.
Geographically illiterate individuals cannot make informed decisions about :
Being geographically illiterate also limits an individual’s ability to enjoy the diversity and opportunities that the planet offers (especially with regard to travel, or new cultural experiences).
Parents should inform children about the importance of geography in everyday lives. Furthermore, they could play geography games as a family.
Realms, Regions and Concepts by Harm de Blij
3. North America.
4. Middle America.
5. South America.
6. North Africa/Southwest Asia.
7. Subsaharan Africa.
8. South Asia.
9. East Asia.
10. Southeast Asia.
11. The Austral Realm.
12. The Pacific Realm.
Diversity Amid Globalization by Rowntree et al.
1. Diversity and Globalization. 2. The Changing Global Environment. 3. North America. 4. Latin America. 5. The Caribbean. 6. Sub-Saharan Africa. 7. North Africa/Southwest Asia. 8. Europe. 9. The Russian Domain. 10. Central Asia. 11. East Asia. 12. South Asia. 13. Southeast Asia. 14. Australia and Oceania.
World Regions in a Global Context by Marston et al.
1. A World of Regions. 2. The Foundations of World Regions. 3. Europe. 4. The Russian Federation, Central Asia, and the Transcaucasus. 5. The Middle East and North Africa. 6. Sub-Saharan Africa. 7. North America. 8. Latin America and the Caribbean. 9. East Asia. 10. Southeast Asia. 11. South Asia. 12. Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. 13. Future Regional Geography.
Noted American Geographer, 1889-1975.
He developed a “a chronological approach to the study of culture traits (cultural geography).”
He was emphatic that an historical approach was crucial to understanding geography.
His method is known as the “Sauer Tradition” of geography.
One Chapter Covering each Region
Each Chapter Follows this Format
World (or regional) geography should be taught with a strong historical component. Students should learn about changes in geographic space through time.