Geospatial Technology in Geography Education

  • Osvaldo Muñiz Solari
  • Ali Demirci
  • Joop van der Schee
Part of the Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences book series (AGES)

Abstract

The book is presented as an important starting point for new research in Geography Education (GE) related to the use and application of geospatial technologies (GSTs). For this purpose, the selection of topics was based on central ideas to GE in its relationship with GSTs. The process of geospatial practices (GPs) as the way to learn about GST and with GST marks the central ideas. The sequential presentation of chapters starts with a theoretical approach, followed by the use of GST at different levels in formal education. Teacher education represents an important third topic that analyzes professional development when learning about GST and using GST. The fourth topic focuses on the effectiveness of GST as a tool for teaching and learning in order to assess geospatial thinking in different educational settings. The exploration of trends and recommendations for future development are the final topic of this book. In one sentence, the book touches upon the most important issues on the use of GST in education and includes the most up to date information and discussions related to GST. Although GE is not in the front line of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution it cannot stay behind as modern education uses technology to prepare better citizens. The importance of this book relies on this basic and fundamental fact.

Keywords

Geography education Geospatial technologies Geospatial practices 

Copyright information

© Springer Japan 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Osvaldo Muñiz Solari
    • 1
  • Ali Demirci
    • 2
  • Joop van der Schee
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of GeographyTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography, Fatih UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Faculty of GeosciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Faculty of Earth and Life SciencesVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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