Geographical Information Systems Education in Turkish Geography Departments

Authors: MUSTAFA YILMAZ*, B├╝lent Ecevit University, Ali Balci, Marmara University
Topics: Geography Education, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Higher Education
Keywords: GIS, Curriculum, Geography, Turkey, Higher Education,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This study aimed to analyze the place of geographical information systems education (GIS) and the methods of its teaching in Turkish geography departments. For a long period of time, geography major had offered by a few universities. In recent years, geography started to become a popular major and new department openings succeeded. The study covered the universities offering 4-year BA program of geography with GIS education by analyzing their curricula and all the courses related to the GIS. After internet-based evaluation of the courses, surveys on GIS education were performed for the targeted universities. Based on the findings, there is not a standard GIS curricula spread out the universities. None of the departments provide an option to concentrate within different sections of geography, where only one university provided required courses that allow students to concentrate on a GIS field. Only a few universities offered elective GIS courses. An interesting finding was that GIS programs/curricula were evolved by self-efforts of the faculties within the department. Facilities related to GIS are generally poor, and only few percent of the students feel comfortable with GIS.

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