Research Based Evidence for GST

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02-23-2016 04:00 PM
JosephKerski
Esri Frequent Contributor

One of our community asked:

As I continue to attempt to convince one of my local
school Districts to work with me on implementing a comprehensive plan to
incorporate GST as an instructional tool, I have been asked another question I
do not have an answer for.  Is there any research based studies/evidence
which demonstrate that GST improves academic achievement and
understanding. 

I wrote: 

We have been for years maintaining a GIS Education research
bibliography:

http://education.library.esri.com/

You might want to look at the works of these authors – Donna
Goldstein, Sarah Bednarz, for starters.

Joseph Kerski

And some of the results of the SPLINT project in the UK:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/splint/

One of my colleagues wrote:

Hi Marc,

I am not aware of any direct links to show GST itself improves
understanding/achievement but I usually look at it from the spatial thinking
perspective (it’s not the GST itself – it’s the thinking behind it and how the
material is presented to students), and there is research that shows that
spatial thinking can improve academic achievement. This is an oldy but a goodie
http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11019/learning-to-think-spatially-gis-as-a-support-system-in
though there may be some newer research out there that others know about.

Sarah Bednarz just gave a great webinar for NCGE on this
concept. Maybe you can check out the archive.

See also - http://www.nap.edu/catalog/9853/how-people-learn-brain-mind-experience-and-school-expanded-edition

Lori

Another colleague wrote:

I actually did my Master’s research on this topic, and here are
2 references for you -
an article co-written with Dr. Dawn Wright (for conference
presentations)

https://www.academia.edu/2912772/Using_Geovisualizations_in_the_Curriculum_Do_Multimedia_Tools_Enhan...

and a longer version – research paper

Using Educational Tools and Integrative Experiences via
Geovisualizations that Incorporate Spatial Thinking, Real World Science and
Ocean Literacy Standards in the Classroom: A Case Study Examined

http://marinecoastalgis.net/michelle09

Enjoy!

Michelle

Michelle Kinzel, M.S., GISP

kinzelm@cox.net

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AndyHenry3
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Thank you for compiling this great resource!