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1 Putting GIS in its place in schools Mary Fargher Institute of Education University of London A CLASSROOM RESEARCH PERSPECTIVE

2 Putting GIS in its place: An overview GIS-related work at IoE GIS-related work at IoE Pedagogical benefits Pedagogical benefits Real and perceived barriers Real and perceived barriers Effective GIS partnership Effective GIS partnership Proactive GIS in the classroom Proactive GIS in the classroom Questions Questions Discussion Discussion

3 GIS-related work at IoE Aarons (2003) MA dissertation: Role & value of GIS * Aarons (2003) MA dissertation: Role & value of GIS * Fargher (2004): MA dissertation :Spatial skills in GIS enquiry learning * Fargher (2004): MA dissertation :Spatial skills in GIS enquiry learning * - Current research : GIS & perception of place - Current research : GIS & perception of place Spatially Speaking Spatially Speaking Olympic Earth Olympic Earth PGCE & InfoMapper PGCE & InfoMapper * FULL REFERENCE ON SLIDE 9 * FULL REFERENCE ON SLIDE 9

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5 Growing evidence of GIS benefits in teaching Growing evidence of GIS benefits in teaching One-stop-Geog-shop * One-stop-Geog-shop * Higher level thinking skills Higher level thinking skills Web-enabled GIS Web-enabled GIS Students as decision makers Students as decision makers High quality visualisation High quality visualisation Professional quality maps Professional quality maps GIS across the curriculum GIS across the curriculum GIS on laptop, PC, IWB or network GIS on laptop, PC, IWB or network Fixing geo-referenced significance Fixing geo-referenced significance FULL REFERENCE ON SLIDE 9

6 Real and perceived barriers to securing more widespread GIS use in schools A steep initial learning curve for students & teachers A steep initial learning curve for students & teachers Costly training Costly training Lack of appropriate teaching materials Lack of appropriate teaching materials Lack of curriculum voice Lack of curriculum voice Territory of the ICT innovators only? Territory of the ICT innovators only?

7 An example of an effective GIS partnership : The Durham Schools Mapping System Won the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) award for Innovation in 2003 Web-enabled cross-curricular GIS via a curriculum extranet (CNET) Over 300 schools Cross-curricular Designed for GIS beginners & innovators.

8 Proactive approaches GIS partnerships e.g. Durham and Spatially Speaking GIS partnerships e.g. Durham and Spatially Speaking Current expertise Current expertise Wow factor e.g. Google Earth Wow factor e.g. Google Earth Simple start e.g. Mapping Our World (ESRI) Simple start e.g. Mapping Our World (ESRI) Web-enabled GIS Web-enabled GIS Geography & across the curriculum Geography & across the curriculum Spatial literacy Spatial literacy CPD recognition CPD recognition Online training Online training Curriculum development e.g. IoE & GA 2012 Olympics Curriculum development e.g. IoE & GA 2012 Olympics

9 References Aarons, M (2003), Issues in Geography and ICT. Geographical Information Systems and their educational role and value in teaching and learning in UK and US secondary schools. MA Geography in Education dissertation, Institute of Education, University of London. Aarons, M (2003), Issues in Geography and ICT. Geographical Information Systems and their educational role and value in teaching and learning in UK and US secondary schools. MA Geography in Education dissertation, Institute of Education, University of London. Fargher, M (2004), An investigation into the effectiveness of using geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance spatial skills in enquiry-based learning. MA Geography in Education dissertation, Institute of Education, University of London. Fargher, M (2004), An investigation into the effectiveness of using geographic information systems (GIS) to enhance spatial skills in enquiry-based learning. MA Geography in Education dissertation, Institute of Education, University of London. (Unwin, cited in Fargher 2004, p.60). (Unwin, cited in Fargher 2004, p.60).

10 Thank you for listening…. Any questions? Mary Fargher Institute of Education University of London


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