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ERIC Number: ED435628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 23
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Spatial Analysis in Educational Administration: Exploring the Role of G.I.S. (Geographical Information Systems) as an Evaluative Tool in the Public School Board Setting.
Brown, Robert S.; Baird, William; Rosolen, Lisa
In January 1998, seven school boards amalgamated to form the Toronto District School Board, a board responsible for 600 schools. To deal with the complexities of the new entity, researchers have been using geographical information systems (GIS). GIS are computer-based tools for mapping. They store information as a collection of thematic layers or datasets that can be linked by geography, and they serve as tools to analyze and map data in support of the decision-making process. Used optimally, GIS allow the visualization and analysis of information in new ways. Two situations illustrate the use of GIS in Toronto. The first is using GIS as an effective communication tool in the development of school profiles that included community maps. The second example is the use of GIS to identify high-performing and low-performing schools on an assessment. In the highly diverse Toronto school board area, GIS is a valuable tool to visualize and interpret data. (Contains 11 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada