Spationomy: teaching spatial economy in geography in higher education

Authors: Vit Pászto*, Palacký University Olomouc and Moravian Business College Olomouc, Czech Republic, Jiří Pánek, Palacký University Olomouc, Jarmila Zimmermannová, Moravian Business College Olomouc, Jaroslav Burian, Palacký University Olomouc, Karel Macků, Palacký University Olomouc
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Economic Geography
Keywords: GIScience, spatial analyses, economy, geography, education
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Washington 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Economic data analysis is a significant part of a decision-making process. Nowadays, the importance of the geospatial component inherent in most economic data is rapidly increasing. It is quite common to use GIScience in human geography. But in purely economic (business) data analyses, advanced application of GIScience and geographic knowledge is not that penetrated (at least in a Central European environment). At the same time, economics and business offer an ideal laboratory for innovative use of spatial methods, techniques, and geographic knowledge. However, it is always about people (students, specialists, researchers) performing analysis and applying „geo-knowledge“. Thus, it is essential to educate young people how geography, GIScience and GIT can be deployed in the economy and analysis of economic data.
This contribution presents a novel concept of spatial economy within the Erasmus+ project called „Spationomy“, which connects the fields mentioned above. Two major parts of "Spationomy" will be introduced – teaching and scientific. The teaching part strives to find a common language among students. They acquire geographic and economic skills and knowledge through mobility within the framework of blended learning and interactive education. The scientific part deepens international and interdisciplinary co-operation of academic staff involved in “Spationomy”. The strength and meaning of the merger of seemingly incompatible disciplines will be demonstrated on the examples of best practice from both – teaching and scientific part. It will be shown how vital role geography plays in economics and, at the same time, what are opportunities for economics framed in spatial context.

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