Higher Geography: Environmental Interactions

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Higher Geography: Environmental Interactions Martin Duddin, David Russell, Oliver Bray, Jim Bruce, Morven Archer and Gordon Lobban £16.99 Paisley: Hodder Gibson, 2006 Pb, 216pp, 21x27.5cm ISBN 978 0340 915844

Before long, changing specifications in England will mean a reduction in the number offered by each examination board. Subject matter in schools will also be narrowed in linked textbooks. As so often in the past, a look across the border to Scotland can provide both guidance for the future and some refreshing study materials for geographers to use in the classroom.

Scottish Higher Geography consists of three units of study: physical environments, human environments and environmental interactions. The third has six options, of which a student will study two. This largely revised second edition textbook considers the four most popular options: rural land resources, rural land degradation, urban change and its management, and development and health. Each of these options gives a flavour of the units in the next version of AS/A2 courses, wherein traditional topics such as glaciation and development are studied in a geographical context, such as land resources and quality of life. River basin management in either Africa or North America and European regional inequalities are the other options that teachers generally do not consider have appeal to students.

This full-colour book has up-to-date photographs, clearly constructed sketch maps, annotated flow, block and 2D diagrams, as well as graphs. The variety and clarity of layout make for easy understanding. Every few pages there are question boxes that reinforce and highlight key language, relationships and skills. …