ERIC Number: EJ783987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: 0
The Implementation and Effectiveness of Geographic Information Systems Technology and Methods in Secondary Education
Kerski, Joseph J.
Journal of Geography, v102 n3 p128-137 May 2003
Geographic information systems (GIS) technology and methods have transformed decision-making in society by bringing geographic analysis to the desktop computer. Although some educators consider GIS to be a promising means for implementing reform, it has been adopted by less than 2 percent of American high schools. The reasons behind the interest in GIS, its slow implementation, and its effectiveness in teaching and learning are unclear. To address these concerns, this research describes the extent to which GIS is being implemented in American secondary education and assesses the effectiveness of lessons that use GIS. A survey of 1,520 high schools that own GIS software, along with experiments and case studies in three high schools, provided primary data for assessing the implementation and effectiveness of GIS.
Descriptors: High Schools, Geography, Information Systems, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Instructional Effectiveness, Experiments, Case Studies, School Surveys, Instructional Material Evaluation
National Council for Geographic Education. Jacksonville State University, 206A Martin Hall, Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602. Tel: 256-782-5293; Fax: 256-782-5336; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncge.org/publications/journal/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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