Introduction and Purpose
The study of people, places, and human-environment interactions leads learners to create their spatial views and geographic perspectives of the world. Today’s social, cultural, economic, and civic demands on individuals require that learners understand the world in spatial terms and possess knowledge of places and regions, physical systems, and the interactions of environment and society. In addition, learners need the ability to map information in a spatial context and to interpret such maps. The study of people, places, and environments will also help to promote learners’ capabilities to make informed and critical decisions about the relationships between human beings and their environment.