ERIC Number: ED424688
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Education Planning and Management and the Use of Geographical Information Systems.
Mendelsohn, John M.
Education depends on resources that may be tangible (teachers, facilities, textbooks, money) or intangible (political will, parental support). Considerations of space, usually in the form of questions containing the word "where", constitute another resource issue that confronts educational managers almost daily. Questions like "Where are new schools needed?" and "Where are the best bus routes for pupil transportation?" require answers that are often only available after exhaustive and expensive research. A Geographical Information System (GIS) is a computer program designed to capture, collect, store, and process the type of information needed to answer the "where" questions, and to make that information available to educational planners. Following explanations of maps, spatial information, attribute information, and ways to relate these through the use of geocodes, this book provides detailed instructions on developing a GIS and extracting and analyzing data for use in educational management. Maps are emphasized as a particularly accessible GIS product, and situations that exist in developing countries frequently appear as illustrative examples in the text. Recommendations are made for computer hardware and software, as well as personnel and staffing. (Contains 20 figures and 27 references.) (MKW)
Descriptors: Cartography, Computer System Design, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Demography, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Geographic Concepts
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 7 place de Fontenoy, F 75352 Paris 07 SP, France ($20).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.