Achieving long-term success for GIS classroom implementation

Authors: Larianne Collins*, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: GIS, Teacher training, professional development
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Johnson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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A variety of models have been proposed for successful GIS professional development including long-term teacher training lasting up to a year in length. Our study takes an additional step by following up with teachers over a full year after they have completed training to determine if they are continuing to teach with GIS and if so, how. We find there remains a disconnect between providing GIS teacher professional development and actually seeing long-term classroom implementation. We offer four suggestions for transformation in teacher practice: pre-service teacher geography intervention, pre-service teacher GIS intervention, continuous follow-up and coaching, and including GIS in Academic Standards.

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