Evolution of Geography in the United States' Public School Curriculum: An Analysis of the Influence of Societal Movements and Historical Events




Moore, Zachary A.

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The purpose of this study was to analyze the evolution of geography in the United States' primary and secondary education system throughout the nineteenth century to the initial years of the twenty-first century to determine the causes of variations, shifts in focus, and relative importance placed on geography curricula that have defined the position of the subject as a stand-alone discipline and as an integrated part of the social studies. Results from this research provide one of the first comprehensive, retrodictive studies that reveal the position of school geography in relation to broad historical and societal circumstances.



curriculum planning, study of geography, educational change, educational sociology, social movements


Moore, Z.A. (2008). Evolution of geography in the United States' public school curriculum: an analysis of the influence of societal movements and historical events (Unpublished dissertation). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.


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