ERIC Number: EJ1093513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Introductory GIS Programming to Geographers Using an Open Source Python Approach
Etherington, Thomas R.
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v40 n1 p117-130 2016
Computer programming is not commonly taught to geographers as a part of geographic information system (GIS) courses, but the advent of NeoGeography, big data and open GIS means that programming skills are becoming more important. To encourage the teaching of programming to geographers, this paper outlines a course based around a series of laboratories that aims to provide an introduction to programming. Methods for teaching and assessment are recommended. These laboratories use core spatial concepts that are relevant for all areas of geographic study, and use an open source Python approach that has wider logistical and pedagogical benefits.
Descriptors: Programming, Geographic Information Systems, Geography Instruction, Introductory Courses, Learning Laboratories, Teaching Methods, Spatial Ability, Reflection, Geographic Location, Computer Software, Computer Networks, Computer Assisted Instruction, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Peer Evaluation, Writing (Composition), College Students, Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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