Spring 2000 Newsletter
Advanced Placement Course in
several years of discussion and research, the College Board will offer an
Advanced Placement course and examination in Human Geography in the 2000-01
school year. As many of you know,
Advanced Placement tests allow juniors and seniors in high school to achieve
college level credit for classes taken while in high school.
The purpose of the new AP course is to introduce students to systematic
topics within human geography, such as population distribution and movement,
cultural patterns, political organization in space, land use, economic
development, and urbanization. The
course will also teach students about the methods and tools geographers utilize
in their research and analysis.
the announcement, Donald M. Stewart, president of the College Board, said,
"Geographic literacy is an essential component of the academic preparation
of young Americans if we expect them to meet the challenges and demands of the
twenty-first century in an increasingly global community."
Alexander B. Murphy, professor of geography at the University of Oregon
and chair of the development committee, said, "The real problem is not that
students can't locate a country, but that they don't understand how its
political, cultural, and environmental issues are related.
Memorizing locations doesn't provide an understanding of how those places
came to be the way they are." The
new AP course will play an important role in the renaissance happening in
geographic education today by helping students move away from memorization
toward geographical thinking and understanding.
For more information on the course, the exam, teacher training institutes, and related resources, see the websites listed below.