Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2003, Vol. 58 ›› Issue (1): 9-16.doi: 10.11821/xb200301002

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Education of Geography in China: Inheriting and Innovation

SHI Peijun1,2, SONG Changqing3, GE Daokai4,5, FU Bojie6, WANG Min7, LIU Baoyuan2,7, WANG Yanglin4   

  1. 1. Institute of Resources Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;
    2. Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural Disaster, Ministry of Education of China, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China;
    3. Department of Earth Sciences of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing 100085, China;
    4. Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China;
    5. Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100816, China;
    6. Research Center of Eco-environmental Science, CAS, Beijing 100085, China;
    7. Department of Resources and Environmental Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2002-10-26 Revised:2002-12-25 Online:2003-01-25 Published:2003-01-25
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.39899374


The education of geography should meet the needs of geographical talents in the science of earth system and sustainable development as well as the socio-economic development in China, especially meet the needs of sustainable development strategy. Therefore, it is necessary to launch a comprehensive reform about the primary and advanced education of geography. Three countermeasures to achieve development with leaps and bounds in geographical education are further presented in this paper: (1) in the background of earth system science and sustainable development science, to establish a new system of geographical education in China; (2) on the premise of adaptation to national and international criterion, to standardize the classification of geographical knowledge system and geographical curriculum system; and (3) on the premise of technical glossary censor, to normalize the terms of geographical advanced education.

Key words: education of geography, inheriting and innovation, China