ERIC Number: EJ783998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
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Student Attitudes and the Impact of GIS on Thinking Skills and Motivation
West, Bryan A.
Journal of Geography, v102 n6 p267-274 Nov 2003
The value of GIS within school curricula seems well perceived but ill-substantiated. This paper discusses the role of GIS in the development of higher order thinking skills and in motivating student learning. It then reports on attitudinal surveys undertaken before and after student exposure to GIS-related tasks. The tasks formed part of four subjects within three year levels. Data were collected from 109 students from two schools. Individual survey items were evaluated using a t-test for paired means and a two-tailed test for significance. Weighted average responses for the five constructs being surveyed were calculated. Attitudinal improvements were found in three of these: perceived usefulness of computers, perceived control of computers and behavioural attitude to computers. The weighted average declined for the remaining two constructs: attitude to subject and affective attitude toward computers. These data suggest that GIS influences student ability to utilise higher level thinking skills within a context of enhanced relevance.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills, Academic Ability, Learning Motivation, Student Motivation, Skill Development, Information Technology, Geography, Geography Instruction, Computer Attitudes, Task Analysis, Student Surveys, Affective Measures, Heuristics
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