ERIC Number: EJ784000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
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Geographic Information Technologies + Project-Based Science: A Contextualized Professional Development Approach
Wilder, Anna; Brinkerhoff, Jonathan D.; Higgins, Teresa M.
Journal of Geography, v102 n6 p255-266 Nov 2003
This study investigated the effects of using a long-duration, project-based science professional development model on the acquisition of declarative knowledge and basic terminology associated with the use of geographic information technologies (GIT), teachers' self-assessed confidence in using GIT skills, and the implementation of GIT in participants' classrooms. Results suggest that a long-duration, project-based science model was effective in teaching GIT declarative knowledge and raising teachers' self-confidence in using GIT tools. The academy was funded through a grant from the US Department of Education with additional support from Environmental Science Resources Institute (ESRI), Inc., and members of the New Mexico Geographic Information Council.
Descriptors: Geography, Information Technology, Teacher Education, Professional Development, Active Learning, Student Projects, Science Education, Technology Integration, Self Esteem
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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