Background Info

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.

Questions

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

Show Answer

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.

Vocabulary

Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry

education

Noun

process of acquiring knowledge and critical-thinking skills.

geography

Noun

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

Encyclopedic Entry: geography

geo-literacy

Noun

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

spatial decision-making

Noun

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

systems-understanding

Noun

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

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Editor

Winn Brewer, National Geographic Education

Producer

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

Director

Dr. Brenda Barr, Network of Geographic Education Alliances

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