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A CLASSROOM RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE. Putting GIS in its place in schools . Mary Fargher Institute of Education University of London. Putting GIS in its place: An overview. GIS-related work at IoE Pedagogical benefits Real and perceived barriers Effective ‘GIS partnership’

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putting gis in its place in schools

A CLASSROOM RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE

Putting GIS in its place in schools

Mary Fargher

Institute of Education

University of London

putting gis in its place an overview
Putting GIS in its place: An overview
  • GIS-related work at IoE
  • Pedagogical benefits
  • Real and perceived barriers
  • Effective ‘GIS partnership’
  • Proactive GIS in the classroom
  • Questions
  • Discussion
gis related work at ioe
GIS-related work at IoE
  • Aarons (2003) MA dissertation: Role & value of GIS*
  • Fargher (2004): MA dissertation :Spatial skills in GIS enquiry learning *

- Current research : GIS & perception of place

  • ‘Spatially Speaking’
  • ‘Olympic Earth’
  • PGCE & InfoMapper

*FULL REFERENCE ON SLIDE 9

growing evidence of gis benefits in teaching
Growing evidence of GIS benefits in teaching
  • ‘One-stop-Geog-shop’ *
  • Higher level thinking skills
  • Web-enabled GIS
  • Students as decision makers
  • High quality visualisation
  • Professional quality maps
  • GIS across the curriculum
  • GIS on laptop, PC, IWB or network
  • Fixing geo-referenced significance

FULL REFERENCE ON SLIDE 9

real and perceived barriers to securing more widespread gis use in schools
Real and perceived barriers to securing more widespread GIS use in schools
  • A steep initial learning curve for students & teachers
  • Costly training
  • Lack of appropriate teaching materials
  • Lack of curriculum voice
  • Territory of the ICT innovators only?
an example of an effective gis partnership the durham schools mapping system
An example of an effective ‘GIS partnership’ : The Durham Schools Mapping System
  • Won the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) award for Innovation in 2003
  • Web-enabled cross-curricular GIS via a curriculum extranet (CNET)
  • Over 300 schools
  • Cross-curricular
  • Designed for GIS ‘beginners’ & ‘innovators.’

http://gis.durham.gov.uk/mapping

proactive approaches
Proactive approaches
  • ‘GIS partnerships’ e.g. Durham and ‘Spatially Speaking’
  • Current expertise
  • ‘Wow factor’ e.g. Google Earth
  • Simple start e.g. Mapping Our World (ESRI)
  • Web-enabled GIS
  • Geography & across the curriculum
  • Spatial literacy
  • CPD recognition
  • Online training
  • Curriculum development e.g. IoE & GA 2012 Olympics
references
References
  • Aarons, M (2003), ‘ Issues in Geography and ICT. Geographical Information Systems and their educational role and value in teaching and learning in UK and US secondary schools.’ MA Geography in Education dissertation, Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Fargher, M (2004), ‘ An investigation into the effectiveness of using geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance spatial skills in enquiry-based learning.’ MA Geography in Education dissertation, Institute of Education, University of London.
  • (Unwin, cited in Fargher 2004, p.60).
thank you for listening any questions
Thank you for listening….Any questions?

Mary Fargher Institute of EducationUniversity of Londonmgfargher@hotmail.com