Spatial Dimensions of Education: Using Spatial Data Exploration and Analysis to Understand Educational Inequality

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Kendra Taylor, Doug Geverdt, Andrea Conver
Chairs: Kendra Taylor

Call for Submissions

Inequality has been central to the study of education, with large bodies of work focused on inequality in student achievement, in education funding, in college readiness, and in access to a quality education based on race and class. But much of the research on educational inequality has focused on who gets what and why, and little on where. Where is deeply connected to the ability to access spatially bound resources, and consequently connected to opportunities in schools, housing, employment, and social networks. Recently, with the wider uses of and advances in GIS and spatial analysis, educational researchers have the opportunity to spatialize previously underspatialized areas of study in educational inequality.
In this session, we seek contributions that adopt a spatial lens to the study of educational inequality. The study of educational inequality often centers on race, class, gender, ability, and other forms of educational exclusion. But the study of educational inequality does not often include a spatial dimension, and therefore we seek research that takes a spatial approach to the theory, measurement, and/or analysis of educational inequality. Specifically, we seek contributions that: 1) measure educational inequality at multiple geographic scales; 2) describe how an educational phenomena are distributed across space; 3) utilize ESDA and spatial statistics to explore educational inequality; and 4) connect a spatial lens to theories of educational inequality. In sum, we seek studies that have broken from the relatively limited treatment of space in education research, and show how taking an explicitly spatial approach to some of the most pressing issues in education can provide new insights into intractable problems.


Type: Paper
Submission procedure: Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted to Doug Geverdt ( by October 12th 2018 for consideration in this paper session. Participants will be notified by October 19th if their paper has been accepted. Participants will then need to register for the annual conference and provide their PIN to Doug Geverdt by October 26th.
Conveners: Andrea Conver, Douglas Geverdt, Kendra Taylor


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Megan Evans*, Pennsylvania State University, Defining Neighborhoods: How Spatial Contexts Matter for Educational Expectations 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Emily Schondelmyer*, U.S. Bureau Of the Census, Laura Nixon, US Census Bureau, Defining Areas to Adjust for Spatial Differences in Educational Purchasing Power 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Joanna D. Sánchez*, Excelencia in Education, Knowing your SERVice Area: Using GIS to Highlight the Postsecondary Needs of Latino Communities Served by HSIs and Emerging HSIs 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Kendra Taylor*, Sanametrix, Doug Geverdt*, , The Geography of School District Income Inequality 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Maraki Kebede*, Pennsylvania State University, Annie Maselli*, Pennsylvania State University, Race in Rural Places: Rural School District Demographics in America 20 11:15 AM

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