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ERIC Number: EJ788448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
Internet-Based GIS in an Inductive Learning Environment: A Case Study of Ninth-Grade Geography Students
Milson, Andrew J.; Earle, Brian D.
Journal of Geography, v106 n6 p227-237 Nov 2007
This article reports the results of a qualitative case study that explored the use of Internet-based geographic information systems (IGIS) with ninth-grade geography students. The students worked in teams to examine the geography of Africa using IGIS resources with the instructional goal of developing a presentation on a significant issue facing one region or country. The purpose of this study was to explore the use of IGIS as a tool for integrating geospatial technologies into ninth-grade geography curriculum and instruction within an inductive learning environment. The findings for this study indicate that IGIS can be a successful tool for geography education in an inductive learning environment. Based on qualitative data collected through classroom observations, focus group interviews with students, student work samples, and a teacher journal, two assertions are offered: students perceived expanded freedom as a positive aspect of this IGIS project and IGIS projects such as this can lead to gains in students' cultural awareness and empathy for distant others. (Contains 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa