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Geography in Normal and Secondary Schools: Tendencies in Secondary School Geography


by Richard Elwood Dodge 1914

Curing the last few years there has been a decided change in public attitude toward geography for secondary schools. The over-emphasis of formal physical geography as such, and its evident unsuitableness as a first or second year subject, together with the increasing importance of commercial and regional geography, have caused a widespread demand for a more humanized geography in secondary schools. Many educational leaders and teachers of geography have felt that formal physical geography, taught either as an informational subject or as a science, was unsatisfactory in that it was impersonal and of less worth as a contribution to the life equipment of most children than some other phase of geography might be. Recognizing the importance of teaching certain parts of physical geography as a basis for later work in geography and related subjects, the demand simultaneously arose in many centers for a modification of secondary school geography.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 15 Number 2, 1914, p. 13-25
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10217, Date Accessed: 10/16/2017 11:57:19 PM

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