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ERIC Number: ED431429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 10
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Teaching Spatial Analysis in Business: The Case of Geographic Information Systems in a Decision Support Systems Course.
Mennecke, Brian E.
Geographic information systems (GIS) are increasing in importance as a resource for collecting, managing, and analyzing data pertaining to a variety of business problems. Yet, the number of business schools that have incorporated GIS as a significant part of even one of their core business courses is quite small. Thus, little is known about how to teach GIS in business courses and how business students respond to being taught about this subject. To examine these issues, GIS training was included as a significant part of a decision support systems course offered within a traditional business school curriculum at East Carolina University (North Carolina). Attitudes and opinions of students concerning the role of GIS in business were collected both prior to and after students were given training on GIS in the course. Results indicate that students' attitudes about the effectiveness of GIS as a decision support tool and its role in business courses improved after their exposure to the technology. However, the results also showed that students did not develop more positive perceptions about the benefit of GIS training on their careers. The paper also discusses some of the instructors' observations related to teaching GIS in business school courses. (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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