Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2000, Vol. 55 ›› Issue (3): 365-374.doi: 10.11821/xb200003013

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Transition of Regional Geographic Education in American Universities: Case Study of Asian Geography Courses

SHEN Xiao ping   

  1. Department of Geography, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT06050-4010, USA
  • Received:2000-02-12 Revised:2000-03-18 Online:2000-05-15 Published:2000-05-15
  • Supported by:
    Research Grant of Central Connecticut State University,USA

Abstract: Regional geography is one important part of geographic education and research. In the Era of globalization, the demands for regional geographic courses have increased significantly. The importance of regional geographic education has drawn much more attention, especially. Those regions of emerging economies such as Asia. This paper exams the transition of regional Educationin American universities during the last three decades (1965~1998) using Asian geography courses as a case study. Transition and development of regional education in the United States are influenced by two major factors: position of geographic education in the over all higher education, and the importance of the region in the world and the relationship with the United States. Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world and draws increasing attention in the last 30 years. Asia has become the largest trade partner of the United States since the late 1980s. These changes have brought a rapid increase in enrollment of Asian geography courses during the past ten years. Compared with other regional courses, such as Europe and South America, this research studies the transition and spatial distribution of Asian geography courses in American universities.

Key words: regional geographic education, American university, Asian geography

CLC Number: 

  • K9