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Dahlberg, Richard E.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Geography


Cartography--Study and teaching (Higher education)


This thesis is a study of cartographic education, a much neglected topic of study in the United States. The objective of the study is to develop a conceptual model of education in applied cartography that is broad enough in scope to span the many disciplines that support contemporary cartography. Data for this study were obtained from questionnaires mailed to a broad cross-section of employers of cartographers in the United States. The use of discriminant analysis to interpret the responses provided a basis for recognizing three broad groups of employers identifying different sets of knowledge and skill requirements for the chief and supervisory cartographers in their employ. These groups were comprised as follows: Group I, federal agencies; Group II, state and local highway departments; and Group III, local planning and zoning agencies, commercial firms, and state geological surveys. Group III was selected as the client group to be served by a program model developed as an undergraduate major. The model was designed for implementation at Northern Illinois University, selected as a convenient example of a partially comprehensive public university. Implementation of the model program at Northern Illinois University would require only one new course while drawing on existing courses from six departments in three colleges. The model was designed so as to be transferable with minimal modification to any similar institution offering a moderate number of courses in cartography.


Includes bibliographical references.


viii, 106 pages




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