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ERIC Number: ED079997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 4
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Computer Aided Instruction in Teaching Thematic Mapping.
Baumann, Paul R.
A newly developed instructional system for introductory college geography links the computer with the geographer's most traditional and essential tool--the thematic map. The use of the computer overcomes the logistical and mechanical problems associated with the teaching of thematic mapping to large groups and helps the students to focus upon the cardinal issues of decision making. The instructional system consists of a series of modules (data banks, mapping programs, and a transgeneration program) linked by a main program. The data banks contain dey variables for a geographic area and data packages needed to contruct symbol, choropleth, and isopleth maps. CMAP and SYMAP are the mapping programs. The transgeneration program uses the same approach as the Biomedical (BMD) system. A Burroughs B-3500 computer is used. Students select a theme and variables and input data to the computer. Individual student information is stored on a disc until maps for the entire class are ready to be run at one time. Interviews with students and examination performance indicate the system is successful. (PB)
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