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Title: What is geography?


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What is geography?
  1. Definitions
  2. Parts of geography
  3. Parts of geography in 5 themes and 6 essential
    elements
  4. Jobs of geographers
  5. Do you think like a geographer?
  6. Misconceptions of geography

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1. Definition
  • Patricia Gober, Past-President of Association of
    American Geographers Geography is more than a
    repository of place facts. It encompasses the
    dynamic interactions that give character to
    places, the spatial organization of human
    activity and natural processes on the surface of
    the Earth, and the influence that places have on
    a wide range of natural and human events.

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Royal Geographical Society
http//www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/freethinking2006/pip/h
cb0r -- 1 hour lecture why geography is
essential in the future of our world
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2. Parts of geography
  • Common organization Jeff Lee, Texas Tech
    University

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2. Parts of geography (contd)
  • Many geography
  • departments have this
  • organization

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2. Parts of geography (contd)
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2. Parts of geography (contd)
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2. Parts of geography (contd)
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3. Parts of geography in the K-12 World 5 themes
  • Five Themes of Geography (thinking like a
    geographer)
  • Location Where is it located? Absolute and
    Relative
  • Place What is it like there?
  • Human Environment Interaction How do people
    relate to their environment?
  • Movement How are people, goods, and ideas
    moved?
  • Regions How are areas linked together?

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Relative Location
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Absolute Location
  • Clear Placement on Geographic Grid

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  • Five Themes of Geography This will be covered in
    detail in several lessons for your students that
    help them learn to think geographically.
  • Location Where is it located? Absolute and
    Relative
  • Place What is it like there?
  • Human Environment Interaction How do people
    relate to their environment?
  • Movement How are people, goods, and ideas
    moved?
  • Regions How are areas linked together?

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3. Parts of geography in the K-12 World content
of geography
  • Six Essential Elements (16 national standards of
    geography) http//www.ncge.org/publications/tutori
    al/standards/
  • THE WORLD IN SPATIAL TERMS
  • PLACES AND REGIONS
  • PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
  • HUMAN SYSTEMS
  • ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
  • THE USES OF GEOGRAPHY

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  • STANDARD 1 How to use maps and other
    geographic representations, tools, and
    technologies to acquire, process, and report
    information. STANDARD 2 How to use mental maps
    to organize information about people, places, and
    environments. STANDARD 3 How to analyze the
    spatial organization of people, places, and
    environments on Earth's surface.
  • In Arizona, this is
  • Concept 1

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  • STANDARD 4 The physical and human
    characteristics of places. STANDARD 5 That
    people create regions to interpret Earth's
    complexity. STANDARD 6 How culture and
    experience influence people's perception of
    places and regions.
  • In Arizona, this
  • Is concept 2

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  • STANDARD 7 The physical processes that shape
    the patterns of Earth's surface. STANDARD 8 The
    characteristics and spatial distribution of
    ecosystems on Earth's surface.
  • In Arizona, this
  • is concept 3 and
  • is linked to
  • science

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  • STANDARD 9 The characteristics,
    distribution, and migration of human populations
    on Earth's surface. STANDARD 10 The
    characteristics, distributions, and complexity of
    Earth's cultural mosaics. STANDARD 11 The
    patterns and networks of economic interdependence
    on Earth's surface. STANDARD 12 The process,
    patterns, and functions of human
    settlement. STANDARD 13 How forces of
    cooperation and conflict among people influence
    the division and control of Earth's surface.

In Arizona, this is concept 4
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  • STANDARD 14 How human actions modify the
    physical environment. STANDARD 15 How physical
    systems affect human systems. STANDARD 16 The
    changes that occur in the meaning, use,
    distribution, and importance of resources.
  • in Arizona, this
  • is concept 5

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  • STANDARD 17 How to apply geography to
    interpret the past. STANDARD 18 To apply
    geography to interpret the present and plan for
    the future.
  • in Arizona
  • this is
  • concept 6

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What is geography?
  1. Definitions
  2. Parts of geography
  3. Parts of geography in 5 themes and 6 elements
    Now real examples
  4. Jobs of geographers
  5. Do you think like a geographer?
  6. Misconceptions of geography

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4. Jobs of Geographers
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor latest report
  • http//www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2005/
    spring/art01.pdf
  • One of the hottest job opportunities rest in
    geography, and this website is a great portal
  • http//www.geospatialcareers.net/

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The concept of GIS is very old Snows Study of
London
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Importance to Cities
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From the BLM to the NIH
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Hundreds of Job Titles Involve Geography
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4. Jobs of Geographers 1/10th of the list of
job titles
  • Aerial Photo Interpreter
  • Air Pollution Specialist for a regional air
    quality district
  • Airline Cargo Marketing Executive
  • Appraiser for a real estate corporation
  • Avalanche Specialist in a U.S. National Forest
  • Business Analyst in a corporation
  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Colonel in the U.S. Army
  • Community Development Analyst
  • Computer Mapping Specialist
  • Demographer
  • Demographic Analyst for a county
  • Director of Planning and Zoning for a township
  • Economic Development Analyst

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More Examples
  • Environment Planner for a state department of
    transportation
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geographer at the Smithsonian Institution
  • Geographer at the U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • Geographer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Geographer for the U.S. Forest Service
  • Geographer, Consulting
  • Geographer in a corporation
  • Geographic Specialist at the U.S. Department of
    State
  • GIS Analyst in a corporation
  • GIS Program Manager for a county dept of
    information and administrative services
  • Land Use Planner for a city

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Yet More Examples
  • Map Librarian
  • Meteorologist at the U.S. National Weather
    Service or on Television
  • Meteorologist, Television
  • Planner, County City Urban Transportation -
    Region
  • Planning Information Director for a county
  • Ranger in a U.S. National Park
  • Real Estate Research Analyst for a corporation
  • Resources Planner for as state
  • Teacher
  • Transportation Planner for City County - State
  • Transportation Planner for a county transit
    district
  • Water Resource Specialist for a state environment
    department
  • Zoning Administrator

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Yes, if you want your students to be aware of a
    growing field that is founded on a basic need
    to understand Earth and its changes.

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Yes, if you enjoy being outside and thinking
    about how nature and people connect.

Coastal California building homes where
landslides occur and re-occur
Mt. Everest region avoiding building homes
where landslides occur
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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Yes, if you are interested in solving real
    problems, that move from place to place.

School in Sudan
Macedonia Womans March
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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Yes, if you are interested in solving real
    problems, that spread across Earth.

Cyber Café, Benin
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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Yes, if you are interested in solving real
    problems, that connect people and environment.

Understand changes in attitudes
Preserves, Phoenix
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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • You are interested in "big" questions about
    Earth Why is this city here and why does it
    grow, fail, decay the way it does?

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • You are interested in "big" questions Why does
    it landslide here and why do Californians ignore
    these risks. Laguna Beach 1978 and again in 2005

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • You are interested in "big" questions about
    Earth Worries over global warming, and yet
    people keep coming to Phoenix?

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Yes, if you share the view that knowledge should
    connect together, rather than be isolated pieces.

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
  • Geography is to place like history is to time.
    Geography focuses on connections of topics that
    make places special.

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5. Do you think like a geographer?
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6. Misconceptions about Geography
  • Number 1 misconception. That geography focuses on
    country names and capitals... and that the
    geography bee will follow you through
    life....    Place names are to geography
    like... - memorizing birthdays are to historians,
  • - the alphabet is to interpreting
    Shakespeare,
  • - a phoneme is to reading comprehension
  • - picking the right color is to art

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go to www.youtube.com search for these titles
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  • Knowing states, countries, capitals are
    important
  • but geography is more than memorizing facts
  • Not many geographers can name all the countries
    or capitals off the top of their head
  • Maps A common tool used by geographers to
    organize, display, and analyze their findings or
    other data
  • Where things are is an important question in
    geography, but leads to deeper questions of why
    and so what?

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Geography combats notions like this!
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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 2. That geography has nothing to do with key life
    choices such as
  • long commutes
  • urban trends

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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 2. That geography has nothing to do with key life
    choices such as buying condos houses in places
    known to flood and crack

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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 3. That geography has nothing to do with
    enriching the vacations you take

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Hawaii Trip Do you stay at the cheap hotel
facing the trade winds or the more expensive
condo on the rainshadow side?
Does global politics affect where you feel safe
when you save up to travel internationally?
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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 4. That other academic standards focus on
    environmental issues...
  • No! Geography is the central subject that
    explores and connects on how people affect the
    environment and how the environment affects
    people.

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Misconceptions about Geography
5. Geographers only make maps... Yes we do.
Computers can make mistakes!
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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 5. Geographers only make maps... yes... We do,
    but... not only. The ways we portray spatial data
    can get exciting

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Example of new cartographer Rob Edsall at ASU
and Mark Harrower at Univ of Wisconsin
http//www.geography.wisc.edu/harrower/history_an
imation.html
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Internet is ideal
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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 6. Some well intentioned folks think that
    geography can be taught within history by just
    showing maps...
  • can a geography
  • class teach
  • History just by
  • showing a
  • timeline?

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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 7. Geography only teaches boring stuff and not
    why the great masses in America (and those
    avoiding geography) maintain silly notions about
    our world...
  • for evidence
  • Google video
  • American
  • Geography

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Misconceptions about Geography
  • 8. Learning about cool places in cool movies,
    about the places you drive on near to home, and
    far away, how our land changes, has nothing to do
    NCLB and annual yearly progress.

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Conclusions
  • Geography focuses on the themes of space and
    place, of how to think spatially
  • College geography is exploding with student
    opportunities in employment
  • Geographers think in terms of the core classes
    you will take (physical, human, techniques), but
    still with a focus on regions (world, North
    America)
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