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ERIC Number: EJ839094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Engaging Students through the Use of GIS at Pimlico State High School
Jenner, Peter
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v15 n3 p278-282 Aug 2006
Pimlico State High School is a large urban co-education government secondary school located in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia. The school offers a variety of academic and vocationally oriented subjects to over 1,450 students. During the early to mid 1990s, teachers within the Geography Department began searching for new strategies to assist students in achieving the learning objectives specified within the Queensland junior and senior Geography syllabuses. From a Geography teacher's perspective, the use of geographic information system (GIS) within the curriculum appeared to assist in achieving a number of their objectives. After identifying the possible benefits to be achieved from using GIS, teachers within the department decided to purchase ESRI's "ArcView 3.0." The software appeared to assist in addressing a number of the educational objectives indicated in the Geography Syllabuses, could operate on many of the existing school computers, seemed to be user friendly and from an economic perspective, was affordable. Since its initial implementation nine years ago, GIS has now been integrated into all grade levels within the Geography curriculum and incorporated into many of the topics the students study. The use of GIS at Pimlico State High School has provided substantial benefits not only to students, but also teachers and the school community. Although there is still much to do, GIS has become an important tool in promoting student learning and encouraging student excellence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia