, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 37-43

First online:

Geography in general education in Nigeria

  • Okpala Julie Affiliated withDepartment of Education, University of Nigeria

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This paper traces the development of geographic education in Nigeria and examines the views of geographers, other academics, students and the public at large about the importance of geography. Geography's value is immense despite the non-professional nature of the discipline. Nevertheless, there is a need to define geography's status and ensure career prospects for students. The Nigerian Geographical Association (from classroom teaachers to top geographers) must promote geography, improve its status in schools and universities, and continuously restructure its content and methods to address pertinent social needs.