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ERIC Number: ED478822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into Secondary Education: A Community-Based Learning Experience.
Northon, Cherie
Teaching secondary students the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) results in a variety of benefits. Conventional secondary educational programs are enhanced, and high school students are provided an opportunity to experience a rapidly expanding field as they plan for college and their professional future. For such projects, stipends from mini-grants provided university faculty with extra time to revamp existing courses, create new courses, or set up research and service opportunities for university students. When this education is associated with a "community-based learning" university program, there are additional advantages. Community-based learning (CBL) combines traditional classroom instruction with community service to enhance student learning and civic participation. Thus, not only do the secondary school students gain valuable skills and mentoring, but engaged university students do as well. This paper discusses the successes that emerged, the issues that surfaced, and the lessons that were learned during the testing period of this program in the Department of Geomatics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Includes photographs and maps. (Contains 10 notes and 5 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska