Digital Geography

Geospatial Technologies in the Social Studies Classroom

Edited by:
Andrew J. Milson, University of North Texas
Marsha Alibrandi, Fairfield University

A volume in the series: International Social Studies Forum: The Series. Editor(s): Cathy A. R. Brant, Rowan University.

Published 2008

The purpose of this volume is to provide a review and analysis of the theory, research, and practice related to geospatial technologies in social studies education. In the first section, the history of geospatial technologies in education, the influence of the standards movement, and the growth of an international geospatial education community are explored. The second section consists of examples and discussion of the use of geospatial technologies for teaching and learning history, geography, civics, economics, and environmental science. In the third section, theoretical perspectives are proposed that could guide research and practice in this field. This section also includes reviews and critiques of recent research relevant to geospatial technologies in education. The final section examines the theory, research, and practice associated with teacher preparation for using geospatial technologies in education.

Preface, Marsha Alibrandi. Acknowledgements. List of Tables, Figures, and Maps. PART I: The Landscape of Geospatial Technologies in Education. A Social History of GIS in Education, 1985–2007, Marsha Alibrandi and Thomas Baker. The Status of Geospatial Technologies in U.S. High School Geography Standards, Andrew J. Milson and Jennifer A. Roberts. Towards an International Geospatial Education Community, Joseph J. Kerski. PART II: Social Studies Expeditions with Geospatial Technologies. Beyond Interactive Mapping: Bringing Data Analysis with GIS into the Social Studies Classroom, Daniel C. Edelson, David A. Smith, and Matthew Brown. GIS for History: A GIS Learning Environment to Teach Historical Reasoning, Josh Radinsky. The World at the Student’s Fingertips: Internet-Based GIS Education Opportunities, Joseph J. Kerski. Geospatial Online Learning Activities for Middle School Students, Sven Fuhrmann, Alan M. MacEachren, Mark Gahegan, and Roger Downs. The Digital Globe: Using Google Earth for Virtual Fieldtrips of Coastal environments, David R. Green and Joanna Mouatt. PART III: Explorations of Theory and Research on Geospatial Technologies in Education. Diffusion of Innovations Theory: Framing IT and GIS Adoption, Shannon White. Going Flat: The Changing Dynamics and Integrative Nature of Geography in the Digital Classroom, Jay D. Gatrell and John L. Conant. Coming of Age: Research and Pedagogy on Geospatial Technologies within K–12 Social Studies Education, Aaron Doering, George Veletsianos, and Cassandra Scharber. Instructional Geographic Information Science: A Multi-Disciplinary Framework for Geospatial Technologies in Education, Rick Bunch, Elisabeth Nelson, Robert Earl Lloyd, Michael Kane, and Thomas Tricot. PART IV: Teacher Preparation for Journeys with Geospatial Technologies. Spatial Thinking: The Key to Success in Using Geospatial Technologies in the Social Studies Classroom, Sarah Witham Bednarz and Robert S. Bednarz. Examining the Teacher’s Role When Teaching with Geographic Information System (GIS), Eui-kyung Shin. Diving In: Preparing Teachers to Implement Geospatial Technologies in the K–12 Classroom, Kristin J. Alvarez. Conclusion: Mapping Geospatial Technologies in Social Studies Education, Andrew J. Milson. About the Contributors.

"Digital geography is a well-structured book that presents a range of relevant issues relating to Geospatial Technologies in education. The book effectively details the history and status of GST in schools, and provides an insight into opportunities that exist for their application in the future." John C. Kinniburgh The King 's School

"Each of the authors presents their information in a knowledgeable manner, and the book is organized so as to provide useful context for the more technical and abstruse provisions. Overall, it is a resource that will prove to be especially useful for practitioners." Zafer Unal University of South Florida

"This book is presented as a discussion among GST experts, aimed at other GST experts who are faced with the tasks of training teachers, researching best training practices, or developing technology integration theories. It provides historical context, cutting edge solutions, and future research initiatives. Presenting the challenges from the federal level all the way down to the classroom environment, Digital Geography is a broad assessment and versatile resource." Anna F. Tapp

"For those in GST education, Digital Geography is a practical and principled guide. Not only does the volume include useful reviews of accessible GST resources, it also includes thoughtful and thorough discussion of the pedalogical challenges specific to GST. Indeed, it should be required reading in methods courses in geographic education. For geographic educators whose expertise is not in GST, the book is an excellent survey of core issues. Finally, for the discipline, this collection is an insistent assertion of GST's centrality to the future of geography in K-12 education." George Towers Concord Universite, Athens WV in Journal of Geography (Read full review)