Faculty Publications

Title

Implementing a high school level geospatial technologies and spatial thinking course

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Curriculum, Geographic information science, Secondary education, Spatial knowledge

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Geography

Volume

110

Issue

2

First Page

60

Last Page

69

Abstract

Understanding geospatial technologies (GSTs) and spatial thinking is increasingly vital to contemporary life including common activities and hobbies; learning in science, mathematics, and social science; and employment within fields as diverse as engineering, health, business, and planning. As such, there is a need for a stand-alone K-12 curriculum in this area rather than the more piecemeal integration of GSTs and spatial thinking that is more common in today's schools. This article discusses the development of a systematic GST/spatial thinking course and analyzes how this course promoted student learning in these areas as well as developing problem-solving skills in other fields and applications. © 2011 National Council for Geographic Education.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1080/00221341.2011.534171

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