chapter  8
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The Discourse of Geography: Ordering and Explaining the Experiential World

Geography in the Curriculum In New South Wales secondary schools, physics, chemistry, biology, and chemistry have been taught as an integrated subject, Science, since the midsixties. Geography remains a separate subject area, with a focus on physical geography in the junior secondary school. For the most part its discourse is indistinguishable from that used in science (Martin, 1990b), the main difference being the absence of experiments to illustrate the scientific world view constructed in introductory textbooks. The most closely related discipline in American high schools would appear to be Earth Science.