Teacher Professional Development in GIS: Why We Fail and Will Continue to Do So

Authors: Jerry Mitchell*, University of South Carolina
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: geography education, GIS, teacher training
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 3, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Consistent and valuable use of geospatial technologies (including GIS) within K-12 classrooms remains low despite best intentions in professional development programming and enormous amounts of time and monetary resources. This lack of effectiveness is related to, in part, issues regarding training duration, the development of professional learning communities, the institutional framework, the integration of diverse expertise, the level of subject matter knowledge, and feedback/coaching. This paper argues that without a concerted effort in pre-service training programs and state-level standards-making to include these technologies, the geography education GIS community will continue to founder in its effort to bring these tools into regular use in K-12 classrooms.

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