NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1021484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Threshold Concepts in Geographical Information Systems: A Step towards Conceptual Understanding
Srivastava, Sanjeev Kumar
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v37 n3 p367-384 2013
Threshold concepts are those transformative concepts in a discipline that are often difficult to understand when first encountered, but when mastered they transform students, both epistemologically and ontologically in relation to the discipline. Using the characteristics of threshold concepts, existing curricula and summative content analysis of the text in published seminal geographical information systems (GIS) research papers, this study identifies three key GIS concepts as threshold concepts which are map-scale, data model and interoperability. This study further links these concepts with other key GIS concepts with the aim of providing a means for laying conceptual foundation among novice GIS learners.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A