Encoding Geography: Modernizing geography education in high school and college using the RPP approach

Type: Virtual Panel
Theme: Expanding the Community of Geography
Sponsor Groups: American Association of Geographers, Geography Education Specialty Group, Public/Private Affinity Group
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Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 4
Organizers: Coline Dony
Chairs: Coline Dony


This panel gathers a few partners on a project to build educational capacity for the rapidly evolving science and profession of geocomputation. With funding support from the NSF, the AAG established the Encoding Geography research-practice partnership (RPP) in a pilot study based in Southern California. RPPs are “long-term, mutualistic collaborations between practitioners and researchers that are intentionally organized to investigate problems of practice and solutions for improving district outcomes” (Coburn, Penuel, and Geil 2013).

Individuals comprising the Encoding Geography RPP are geography and computer science educators and researchers. Institutions represented in the RPP include the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), San Diego Mesa College (SDMC), the University of California-Riverside (UCR), San Diego State University (SDSU), the California Geographic Alliance (CGA). Texas State University is also represented in the RPP to coordinate the partnership’s activities via the National Center for Research in Geography Education.

More about this NSF-funded project:


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Coline Dony American Association of Geographers 5 9:35 AM
Panelist Atsushi Nara San Diego State University 15 9:40 AM
Panelist Thomas Herman San Diego State University 13 9:55 AM
Panelist Michael Solem National Center for Research in Geography Education 15 10:08 AM
Panelist Kelly Leon 13 10:23 AM
Panelist Sergio Rey University of California - Riverside 14 10:36 AM

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