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Title:Assessing Sub-Saharan Africa's university-level geography resources: a preliminary investigation
Authors:Moseley, William G.ISNI
Otiso, Kefa M.ISNI
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:geography education
higher education
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19376812.2010.9756223
Abstract:Remarkably few studies have been undertaken to assess the level of university geography resources within Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. While reviews of the state of geography have been done in some African countries, none have been attempted at the continental scale. Such assessments are a starting point for beginning to understand whether or not African students and governments have adequate access to sufficient amounts of geographic knowledge, perspectives and techniques; skills which are increasingly crucial for surviving in a world dominated by rapid change. This study presents and analyzes a simple inventory of geography programmes in SSA. In terms of the type of information collected, it is limited to whether or not a university-level geography programme exists and the type of degrees it offers. The spatial distribution of geography programmes across the continent is assessed, as well as the rank of countries in terms of their university-level geography programmes. The study further explains the observed distribution of geography programmes and comments on some broader historical trends within academic geography on the continent. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. (online) [Journal abstract]