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In our modern, globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever that people understand the world around them. The introduction of high-yield, low-impact agricultural practices, early-warning systems for national defense and natural disasters, and the preparedness of our children to have systemic understanding, geographic reasoning skills, and systematic decision-making capability are crucial for our society. Geo-literacy can reduce the costs of bad decision-making and provide the foundation for positive breakthroughs. For these reasons and more, National Geographic is committed to advancing geo-literacy in the United States and around the world. This video illustrates the critical importance of geo-literacy. Share it with your friends, family, and colleagues, to help spread the word.


What are examples of careers that use geographic thinking and reasoning?

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Answers will vary. A wide variety of careers require geographic reasoning and thinking, such as taxicab drivers, airtraffic controllers, entrepreneurs and business people, military personnel, park rangers, real estate agents, farmers, energy industry employees, and many more.


Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry



process of acquiring knowledge and critical-thinking skills.



study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

Encyclopedic Entry: geography



the understanding of human and natural systems, geographic reasoning, and systematic decision-making.

spatial decision-making


understanding and solving problems based on knowledge of the relationship between objects or organisms.



process of comprehending and communicating complex, related sets of information and interactions.


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Winn Brewer, National Geographic Education


Winn Brewer, National Geographic Education
Alison Michel, National Geographic Education


Dr. Brenda Barr, Network of Geographic Education Alliances

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