- What is the Level of Geographic Literacy Among Undergraduate Students of Bahir Dar University?
- Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review
- Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa
- Volume 36, Number 1, January 2020
- pp. 97-114
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Geographical literacy is vital for the 21st century global citizens to make reasonable decisions about the planet; to maintain a sustainable and interdependent world where they can live in harmony with other human beings. In this article a survey was made to assess the level of geographic knowledge of Bahir Dar University undergraduate students. A cross-sectional survey design was employed and data were collected from 452 students through a self-administered questionnaire consisting of 78 test items. Surprisingly, the students’ geographic literacy in all the tests was found to be low. The Mann-Whitney U test also indicated no statistically significant difference in test scores between geography major and non- major students (U = 23159, p = .487). Further study on the teaching and learning process is crucial to address this pressing problem.