Nebraska Academy of Sciences


Date of this Version



Published in Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences, Volume 2 (1973).


Copyright 1973 by the author(s).


Professional geographers have had a traditional interest and role in geographic learning. Specifically, the professional geographer referred to is the university or college professor who considers upper division teaching, graduate level teaching, and research as his primary responsibilities.

Experiences and attitudes occupy key positions in determining broader participation of professional geographers in geographic learning.

The professional geographer must view his role within a broader context .. that of the entire educational experience. In addition he must reexamine the goals of education and his roles within them rather than rest upon his scholarly credentials. He must help to provide the public with a new image of geography, to assess geography's contribution to the solution of environmental problems, and to reevaluate the role of geography in teacher preparation.