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International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools


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About the Editors.- List of Contributors.- Acknowledgements.- Foreword.- List of Illustrations.-The World at their Fingertips: A New Age for Spatial Thinking.- Australia: Inquiry Learning with GIS to Simulate Coastal Storm Inundation.- Austria: Links between Research Institutions and Secondary Schools for Geoinformation Research and Practice.- Canada: Teaching Geography and the Social Sciences through Geotechnology across a Decentralized Curriculum Landscape.- Chile: GIS and the Reduction of the Digital Divide in the Pan-American World.- China: Teacher Preparation for GIS in the National Geography Curriculum.- Colombia: Development of a Prototype Web-based GIS Application for Teaching Geography.- Denmark: Early Adoption and Continued Progress of GIS for Education.- Dominican Republic: Prospects for the Incorporation of GIS into the School Curriculum.- Finland: Diffusion of GIS in Schools from Local Innovations to the Implementation of a National Curriculum.- France: Dogmatic Innovations, Innovative Teachers, and Parallel Experimentations.- Germany: Diverse GIS Implementations within a Diverse Educational Landscape.- Ghana: Prospects for Secondary School GIS Education in a Developing Country.- Hungary: GIS in Natural Science Teacher Training .- India: Localized Introduction of GIS in Elite Urban Private Schools and Prospects for Diffusion.- Japan: GIS-enabled Field Research and a Cellular Phone GIS Application in Secondary Schools.- Lebanon: A Personal Journey from Professional Development to GIS Implementation in an English Language Classroom.- Malta: GIS and Geography Teaching in the Context of Educational Reform.- The Netherlands: Introduction and Diffusion of GIS for Geography Education, 1980s to the Present.- New Zealand: Pioneer Teachers and the Implementation of GIS in Schools.- Norway: National Curriculum Mandates and the Promise of Web-based GIS Applications.- Portugal: Experimental Science Learning, WebGIS, and the ConTIG project.- Rwanda: Socioeconomic Transformation to a Knowledge-based Economy through the Integration of GIS in Secondary Schools.- Singapore: The Information Technology Masterplan and the Expansion of GIS for Geography Education.- South Africa: Teaching Geography with GIS across Diverse Technological Contexts.- South Korea: GIS Implementation Profiles among Secondary Geography Teachers.- Spain: Institutional Initiatives for Improving Geography Teaching with GIS.- Switzerland: Introducing Geo-Sensor Technologies and Cartographic Concepts through the Map Your World Project.- Taiwan: The Seed of GIS Falls Onto Good Ground.- Turkey: GIS for Teachers and the Advancement of GIS in Geography Education.- Uganda: Educational Reform, the Rural-Urban Digital Divide, and the Prospects for GIS in Schools.- United Arab Emirates: Building Awareness of GIS in Education through Government and University Outreach.- United Kingdom: Realizing the Potential for GIS in the School Geography Curriculum.- United States of America: Rugged Terrain and Fertile Ground for GIS in Secondary Schools.- Synthesis: The Future Landscape of GIS in Secondary Education.- Bibliography.- Index.


International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning With GIS in Secondary Schools is essential reading for anyone concerned with the vital role that geospatial information technologies must play in 21st Century global education. Through rich international examples, this book provides a clear and powerful overview of vital benefits, converging trends, and shared imperatives that mandate the integration of GIS and GIScience across the educational spectrum. Lyn Malone WORLD VIEWS: Spatial Technologies for Education ESRI Authorized K-12 Trainer Co-Coordinator, Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance The most up to date and extensive survey of GIS in the secondary education landscape, covering both principles and practice. Professor David Maguire, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, UK International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning With GIS in Secondary Schools is a highly relevant, critically important, reflective contribution to the literature, providing strong arguments supporting the inclusion for spatial studies for all in secondary school education. Karl Donert, President, EUROGEO What do China, Finland, India, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and the UK have in common? GIS in the curriculum! Imagine comparing the national curricula of 33 countries spanning every populated continent, and "zooming in" to specific applications of GIS in each country. This book is a significant contribution to the field and the "known world" of GIS education in K-12 settings and beyond, providing the big picture, global insights and recommendations for the future. Marsha Alibrandi, Fairfield University This is an invaluable and inspirational examination of innovation in geospatial technologies in secondary schools around the world. Each chapter contains practical models for how to integrate powerful tools for spatial analysis into a range of subjects. It will be useful to classroom teachers and administrators seeking pathways to implementation and teacher educators considering how to prepare the next generation to use geospatial technologies. Sarah Witham Bednarz, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University From the reviews: "A comprehensive guide to the current state of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in education globally. ... the book commands an important niche on the library shelf of all geography educators. ... this volume is one that certainly deserves to belong on the shelves of geography teachers and teacher educators, science teachers and teacher educators, and instructional technologies teachers and teacher educators. It would be most instructive to school administrators and policy-makers in any state, province, nation or district." (Marsha Alibrandi, Review of International Geographical Education Online, Vol. 1 (2), 2011) "Authors from 33 countries contributed, illustrating how students learn GIS and how instructors teach with GIS around the world. ... The book offers evidence that GIS provides a strong geographic framework and critical thinking skills that will serve students well in the future. ... The book ends with reflections on the progress made in teaching and learning with GIS over the past 20 years ... and recommendations as to what needs to happen to meet the goal of engaging all students in thinking spatially." (ArcWatch, February, 2012)

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