ERIC Number: EJ1156172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Making Space for Place: Mapping Tools and Practices to Teach for Spatial Justice
Rubel, Laurie H.; Hall-Wieckert, Maren; Lim, Vivian Y.
Journal of the Learning Sciences, v26 n4 p643-687 2017
This article presents a set of spatial tools for classroom learning about spatial justice. As part of a larger team, we designed a curriculum that engaged 10 learners with 3 spatial tools: (a) an oversized floor map, (b) interactive geographic information systems (GIS) maps, and (c) participatory mapping. We analyze how these tools supported learning using notions of politicization. The floor map fed conceptual understandings of the map as a representational text and served as the terrain for an embodied activity to support proportional reasoning about inequitable distributions of resources. The data-rich GIS maps and their zoomability allowed for coordinating across multiple variables to connect patterns in inequities to other social processes. The participatory mapping enabled learners to make discoveries about, connect, and share beyond the individual classroom counterstories from people in the lived streets of their neighborhood. In aggregate, this set of spatial tools produced a complex, hybrid view of the city's space, which contributed to learners' political formation.
Descriptors: Spatial Ability, Maps, Geographic Information Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Political Issues, Resource Allocation, Social Justice, Relevance (Education), Geographic Regions, Mathematics, Mathematics Activities, Visualization, Teaching Methods, High Schools, Secondary School Mathematics, Grade 10, Urban Schools, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Minority Group Students, Participant Observation, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1222430