地理教育には何が求められているか―地理学出身の社会人を対象としたインタビューによる再検討― What is Expected of Geography Education? : A Discussion Based on Interviews with those who Majored in Geography in College

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本稿は,日本地理学会地理教育専門委員会において筆者らが中心となって行っているインタビューから得られた知見をまとめたものである.インタビューでは,大学等で地理学を学び,教育界以外で活躍している社会人を対象とし,地理学および地理教育の意義等を質問した.彼らによれば,地理は,大変魅力的な教科であり学問であるばかりでなく,実社会でも役に立つという.とりわけ,地図活用能力とフィールドワーク力が実社会でも極めて重要であることが指摘された.地理教育の内容に関しては,最低限の地理的知識を身につけさせることを前提としながらも,社会に対する見方・考え方を身につけさせることを期待している.今後は,こうした地理教育への社会的要請を基盤としながら,地理教育の内容や方法について検討していくことが求められる.

This article discusses the results of interviews conducted by the authors in the Geographical Education Committee of AJG. These interviews were conducted with subjects who studied geography in college but are now engaged in other occupations than education. Our questions were focused on the significance of geography and geography education. Our subjects said that geography is not only an attractive area of study but also a very practical field. It was pointed out that ability to use a map and to conduct fieldwork was especially important in the real world. As for the content of geography education, our subjects hope that it will foster students’ views of society and enhance their ability to think, as well as providing them with fundamental knowledge on geography. It is expected, therefore, that we review content and methods of geography education, considering such needs from society.

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  • E-journal GEO

    E-journal GEO 3(2), 2_17-32, 2009

    The Association of Japanese Geographers

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