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This publication is written as a guide for evaluating and planning the space and equipment available for geographic education in an undergraduate college. The objectives are:
(1) to present ideas about potential facilities for various kinds of geographic programs;
(2) to provide information to administrators and architects about special space and equipment needs of geography; and
(3) to serve as a guide for geographers planning new (and remodeled) facilities.
vIt is hoped that readers may gain ideas about potential facilities for geography. No "ideal" departmental plan is presented because there is no one such plan for all departments. The use of space and equipment is a function of a department's approach to learning, curricular mix, size, relationship to other facilities in the college, and other factors (several of which are discussed in Chapter 1). For example, small colleges that combine geography with other disciplines may not want to design a separate room for cartography; yet basic cartographic facilities might be provided by using portable drafting surfaces in a general room containing tables. This publication suggests kinds of space and facilities that might aid in various aspects of geographic education; each geography department must decide upon its priorities and ways to create its own "ideal" facilities.