Geografie 1990, 95, 111-116

On the Geographical Minimum of a Citizen

Ladislav Skokan

Vysoká škola ekonomická, nám. A. Zápotockého 4, 130 67 Praha 3, Czechia

The author points out the necessity of a scientific analysis of the fundamental geographical education. He calls for a professional discussion on the following themes: What features of general education should be included in geography? What factographical, theoretical and practical knowledge is part of the "geographical minimum" of a layman geographer? What elements and methods of geographical investigation is it necessary to impart to the citizen? What is missing and what is superfluous in the present-day instruction of geography? If- and to what extent is it indispensable to differentiate between the instruction of geography in primary and secondary schools?