ERIC Number: EJ959500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Teaching Genocide through GIS: A Transformative Approach
Fitchett, Paul G.; Good, Amy J.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v85 n3 p87-92 2012
The utilization of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and geobrowsers (Google Earth) have become increasingly prevalent in the study of genocide. These applications offer teachers and students the opportunity to analyze historical and contemporary genocidal acts from a critical geographic perspective in which the confluence of historical background, sociocultural perspective, and geospatial context further understanding. We provide three examples of Web-based tools and applications for exploring genocide through geography in a secondary social studies classroom. We then examine these tools through an instructional scaffold of transformative geography. In this practice piece, we propose that teachers and students move beyond the static, pejorative representations of geography to enact dynamic instruction that encourages discourse and social action.
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Death, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Transformative Learning, Web Based Instruction, Geographic Location, Geography Instruction, Historical Interpretation, History Instruction, Locational Skills (Social Studies), Technology Uses in Education, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Democracy, Political Influences, Case Studies, Concept Mapping, Maps, Foreign Countries, Spatial Ability, Secondary School Curriculum, Educational Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia; United States; Yugoslavia