Originally published in 1965 and with a second edition in 1970. Building upon the original two Madingley Hall seminars for teachers of non-university geography in 1965, this book presents an updated research picture of the 1970 transatlantic perspective. Answering the questions "What is happening in geography" and "What impact does this have on school geography", this provided a real link for students who were then making the increasingly difficult transition from school to university geography. Originally receiving a hostile reaction from British journals, the book’s diagnosis and prognosis were a forerunner of developments in methodological changes of the discipline. This work collects a series of essays delineating geographic concepts in terms of the philosophic underpinnings, assessment of the geomorphic system, climatology, and social economic and historical changing trends. Techniques are reviewed including quantitative methods for geomorphology and social geography, fieldwork both in urban areas and land-use surveys, and finally in physical planning. Final analyses examine and contrast the teaching methods and courses in American and British High Schools, Colleges and Universities.
Foreword Part 1: Concepts 1. Changes in the Philosophy of Geography E. A. Wrigley 2. A Re-Evaluation of the Geomorphic System of W. M. Davis R. J. Chorley 3. Some Recent Trends in Climatology R. P. Beckinsale 4. Geography and Population E. A. Wrigley 5. Trends in Social Geography E. R. Pahl 6. Changing Concepts in Economic Geography P. Haggett 7. Historical Geography: Current Trends and Prospects C. T. Smith Part 2: Techniques 8. The Application of Quantitative Methods to Geomorphology R. J. Chorley 9. Scale Components in Geographical Problems P. Haggett 10. Field Work in Geography, with Particular Emphasis on the Role of Land-Use Survey C. Board 11. Field Work in Urban Areas M. P. Collins 12. Quantitative Techniques in Urban Social Geography D. Timms 13. Geographical Techniques in Physical Planning E. C. Willatts Part 3: Teaching 14. Geography in American High Schools Clyde F. Kohn 15. Recent Trends in Undergraduate Geographic Training in American Universities and Colleges Placido LaValle 16. Geography in Great Britain: Geography in British Schools P. Bryan; First Degree Courses in Geography at British Universities Alan R. Baker 17. Teaching the New Africa R. J. Harrison Church 18. Frontier Movements and the Geographical Tradition P. Haggett and R. J. Chorley
Richard J. Chorley was known as a leading figure in quantitative geography in the late 20th Century and played an instrumental role in bringing the use of systems theory to geography. This set of 7 reissued works either edited by or written by Chorley offers a great wealth of scholarship on geography and geomorphology.