LOCAL GEOGRAPHIC LANDSCAPE INTERPRETATION FROM A VANTAGE POINT SITE. THE CASE OF BÂRSANA, MARAMUREȘ COUNTY

Mihai Hotea1, Gabriela Ilieș1, Silviu-Vasile Bumbak1, Simona-Alina Simion1, Maria Hotea2

1 „Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Geography, Sighetu Marmației Extension, Avram Iancu, no. 6, Sighetu Marmației, Romania, email: mihai.hotea@ubbcluj.ro, gabriela.ilies@ubbcluj.ro, silviu.bumbak@ubbcluj.ro, simona.simion@ubbcluj.ro
2 „Mircea Vulcănescu” Elementary School, Bârsana, email: mhotea@yahoo.com


Abstract: - Interpreting geographic landscape features of local interest by accesing the outdoors and specific local viewing sites can be seen as a base for optimising non-formal learning techniques applied to geography teaching to young pupils. The paper proposes a learning model by focusing on three key perspectives of landscape analysis, tested and substantiated using the local scenery of Bârsana Village as a background – the visual, the emotional and the interpretative perspective. The visual perspective highlights a series of specific indicators related to the objectiveness of landscape analysis by studying its natural and anthropic components and their features. The emotional perspective highlights the subjectiveness of landscape analysis and derives from the broader field of emotional geography. These indicators, once defined, can be further used in the „learn by experience” educational process. The interpretative perspective results from the two perspectives mentioned above and represents the skill of deciphering and understanding the complex physical and human features of a landscape.

Key-words: landscape interpretation, vantage point site, educational tourism, scientific tourism, Bârsana, Maramureș

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