GIS Education and Spatial Thinking

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Geography Education Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Paddington Hodza
Chairs: Paddington Hodza


GIS education includes teaching and learning about GIS. Instructors are always seeking to improve their styles of teaching to better meet the needs of students who are assessed on their mastery of GIS at various stages in GIS&T courses. Examining how and to what degree students concurrently learn about GIS, engage the technology to develop and solidify their knowledge and skills, as well as think through it as they deal with geospatial issues, is important towards making teaching and learning better. This session explores some of the learning, thinking and student assessment strategies involved in GIS education.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Bradley Gardener*, Temple University, ‘I’m Upset’: Thinking Beyond ‘One Size Fits All Approaches’ to GIS Education. 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Michael DeMers*, New Mexico State University, Learner Motivation, Choice, and Time Management Analysis of a Quest-Based GIS Course 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Gregory Chu*, UWisconsin-La Crosse, Jongnam Choi, Western Illinois University, Pedagogic Value of The National Atlas of Korea in U.S. Secondary Education 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Bob Kolvoord*, James Madison University, David Uttal, Northwestern University, Emily Peterson, American University, Adam Green, Georgetown University, David Kraemer, Dartmouth University, The Impact of GIS Use on High School Students' Spatial Thinking: Cognitive and Behavioral Measures 20 10:55 AM
Presenter Paddington Hodza*, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, Jeffrey Hamerlinck, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, Margo Berendsen, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center, Integrating multiple ways of thinking and hands-on activities into GIS summative tests 20 11:15 AM

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