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ERIC Number: ED182218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Using an Interactive Computer System to Teach Descriptive Numerical Analysis and Geographic Research Methods to Undergraduate Students.
Rivizzigno, Victoria L.
A method is proposed for using computer systems to introduce students in geography courses on the college level to quantitative methods. Two computer systems are discussed--Interactive Computer Systems (computer packages which enhance student learning by providing instantaneous feedback) and Computer Enhancement of Instruction, CEI, (standard computer statistical packages which analyze data sets). Five steps are suggested for introducing students to quantitative research methods: (1) discuss the scientific method and geography as a science, (2) discuss a specific geography research problem, (3) discuss solving the problem using elementary statistics, (4) orient students to computer technology and arrange time for them at a computer terminal, and (5) discuss computer print out and help students design a research paper. Students participating in a program based on these steps are involved in drafting hypotheses, determining variables, collecting data, sampling, and analyzing data through computer methods. Examples are provided of statistical packages which are particularly effective with introductory students. The conclusion is that geography students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of geography if they learn to use quantitative methods to solve a geographical problem related to the geography course at hand. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education (Mexico City, Mexico, October 30-November 3, 1979)