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Title:Prospects and problems of geography graduates of Kenyan public universities: issues for the 1990s and beyond
Author:Ogutu, Z.A.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development (ISSN 0251-0405)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:geography education
Universities and colleges
Abstract:This paper examines the situation of Kenyan geography graduates in the context of a changing educational system, professional requirements and decreasing job opportunities. The author recommends that geography departments in Kenya's universities aim at inculcating broader aspects of professionalism and adaptability, rather than just turn out standardized and narrowly specialized graduates. Consequently, the teaching of geography should involve not only formal lectures but also tutorials, practical work, seminars, projects and fieldwork. The curriculum and training need to incorporate technical and applied areas in both human and physical geography. The author argues that lack of human and physical resources has been a major hindrance in developing relevant training, and stresses the need for geography departments to liaise with institutions involved in relevant training. The paper is based on a review of geography education in Kenya and the author's experience as a practising geography lecturer at Nairobi's Kenyatta University for the past nine years. Bibliogr., sum.