Human Geography,
1st Edition

Sarah Bednarz, Mark Bockenhauer, Fredrik Hiebert

ISBN-13: 9780357852002
Copyright 2024 | Published
624 pages | List Price: USD $250.95

Travel the globe alongside National Geographic Explorers, engage in lively discussions on current world issues and navigate like a geographer through hands-on mapping activities. Experience human geography brought to life as you immerse yourself in Bednarz/Bockenhauer/Hiebert’s HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: A SPATIAL PERSPECTIVE, First Edition, and MindTap digital resources. This ground-breaking text is both engaging and easy to understand, providing a vivid introduction to key ideas and achievements in this exciting field, supported by real-world examples to make the content more memorable. Discover how human geography connects to your daily life through special features like National Geographic Explorers and ArcGIS Map Analysis activities, along with a wealth of full-color photos, relevant maps, helpful graphs and other visuals.


1. The Power of Geography: Geographic Thinking.
2. Geographic Inquiry: Data, Tools and Technology.
3. Patterns of Population.
4. Population Growth and Decline.
5. Migration.
6. Concepts of Culture.
7. Cultural Change.
8. Spatial Patterns of Language and Religion.
9. The Contemporary Political Map.
10. Spatial Patterns of Political Power.
11. Political Challenges and Changes.
12. Agriculture: Human-Environment Interaction.
13. Patterns and Practices of Agricultural Production.
14. Agricultural Sustainability in a Global Market.
15. Urban Settlements.
16. The Urban Landscape.
17. Urban Living.
18. The Growth and Diffusion of Industrialization.
19. Measuring Human Development.
20. Globalization, Interdependence and Sustainability.

  • Sarah Bednarz

    Sarah Witham Bednarz is professor emerita of geography at Texas A&M University, where she served as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Geosciences from 2008 to 2014. She also previously served as president of the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Dr. Bednarz’s research interests are in the intersection of teaching and learning geospatial technologies and spatial and geographic thinking. She was principal investigator (PI) on two major curriculum and educational research projects; co-authored the national geography standards, Geography for Life (1994 and 2012); participated in the National Research Council Learning to Think Spatially project; and helped to develop the National Assessment of Educational Performance (NAEP) framework in geography. In 2013 she co-chaired the Geography Education Research Committee (GERC) of the Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education Project. Dr. Bednarz has also focused on higher education policies. As a member of the Healthy Departments Committee, she organized professional development workshops for department leaders and presented sessions on planning for promotion and tenure and mid-career success strategies. She served on the Leadership Team for the Texas A&M ADVANCE grant and was an active participant in the Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) component of the grant designed to reduce bias in search and award processes. Dr. Bednarz holds a University Professorship for Teaching Excellence, received the Gilbert H. Grosvenor Honors for Geographic Education (2007) and was an inaugural AAG Fellow. She was educated at Mount Holyoke College (A.B., 1973), the University of Chicago (M.A.T., 1974) and Texas A&M University (Ph.D., 1992).

  • Mark Bockenhauer

    Mark Henry Bockenhauer is professor of geography at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, where he teaches courses in geography and environmental studies. He has 35 years of experience in K-12 professional development in geography, is coordinator of the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance and served as president of the National Council for Geographic Education in 2007. Dr. Bockenhauer’s scholarship and outreach have focused on geographic education and curriculum development. He was co-principal investigator (PI) on a $2.1 million federal grant from the National Oceanographic Partnership Program to enhance the scientific literacy of K-12 teachers with integrated oceanography, marine science and geography (1996-1998). He also served as geographer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society (NGS) (2002); co-authored several books and atlases for NGS, including Our Fifty States (2004) and the World Atlas for Young Explorers (2007); and directed NGS field institutes for national groups of K-12 educators in Hawaii, Alaska and California. He directed two NGS geography mentor institutes and an NGS natural hazards workshop for K-12 and museum educators, piloted the NGS Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program aboard the National Geographic Explorer cruise to Svalbard and served on the Professional Development and Instructional Materials Committee of the Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education Project (2011-2013). Dr. Bockenhauer has received the highest St. Norbert College awards for teaching (1999), community service (2009) and scholarship (2022). He was educated at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (B.S., 1979), Southwest Texas State University (M.A., 1987), and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Ph.D., 1996).

  • Fredrik Hiebert

    Fredrik Hiebert has been an archaeologist and explorer with the National Geographic Society since 2003, and he has traced ancient trade routes overland and across the seas for more than 40 years. He has led excavations at ancient sites across Asia, from Egypt to Mongolia, and his excavations at a 4,000-year-old Silk Road city in Turkmenistan made headlines around the world. Dr. Hiebert also conducts underwater archaeology projects in the Black Sea and in South America's highest lake, Lake Titicaca, in search of submerged settlements. He rediscovered the lost Bactrian gold in Afghanistan in 2004 and was the curator of National Geographic's exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, which toured major museums in the United States and internationally. As National Geographic's archaeologist-in-residence, Dr. Hiebert extends enthusiasm for archaeology and the geography of place in lectures, presentations, films and museum exhibits. He was educated at the University of Michigan (B.A., 1984) and Harvard University (M.A., 1989; Ph.D., 1992), and he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the State University of New York (SUNY), Geneseo (2016). Prior to joining National Geographic, he held the Robert H. Dyson, Jr., chair of archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to numerous media awards for exhibitions and documentaries, Dr. Hiebert received the Chairman's Award from the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration in 1998.

  • Human-environment interaction is a central geographic theme throughout the text, including an emphasis on climate change and sustainability to provide helpful perspective on these important topics.

  • Included in every chapter of the text, features focusing on National Geographic Explorers connect geographic content to engaging real-world examples. Select explorers are also featured in articles and videos accompanied by auto-graded activities in MindTap.

  • ArcGIS Map Analysis activities in MindTap help students develop critical-thinking skills and spatial awareness while exploring carefully curated content related to core concepts within a chapter.

  • Concept visualizations in MindTap help students more readily understand complex foundational processes and content. Paired with auto-graded assessment questions that provide immediate feedback, these interactive activities can deepen student understanding of core course concepts.

  • Abundant maps, tables and figures clearly convey the power of the spatial perspective, bringing chapter content to life vividly for today's visual learners.

  • Stunning, full-color photographs provide a visually appealing complement to core content, making material accessible and engaging while highlighting key themes and current events. 

  • Numerous case studies provide timely, topical real-world examples to highlight important human geography concepts in action at various scales in regions and places across the world.

  • Detailed references to outside experts and resources are included throughout the text, including relevant insights and notable quotes from a wide variety of prominent geographers.

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